Refugees International President Ken Bacon passed away yesterday from an aggressive form of melanoma.  He was 64 years old.   

Ken was part of the extended UN Dispatch family.  He cut an On Day One video for us last year.  And in May, Ken contributed a guest post to UN Dispatch on the little known and deadly nexus between malaria and refugees.

Ken was someone who dedicated his life to helping the world’s most vulnerable populations.  Even in his final days, Ken remained focused on how to prevent and mitigate the pain experienced by those that will inevitably suffer from displacement caused by climate change.  Just last week, Refugees International announced plans to establish the Ken and Darcy Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement

I know many UN Dispatch readers admired Ken.  I certainly did.  You can share your thoughts and memories of Ken and his work on a memorial page on Refugees International.   And if you are so moved, you can keep Ken’s legacy alive by contributing to the new Ken and Darcy Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement.   Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. 

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