Charity worker has been killed
Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Charity worker has been killedTributes are being paid to a charity worker from south Wales who has been killed in Bangladesh.

Istiack Ahmed, 44, restaurant manager, set up the Anondho Dhara (Flow of Enjoyment) charity in Newport.

He was working for an aid organisation in the Greater Sylhet area when his car was in collision with a van.

The charity launched more than 10 years ago gives some of Newport's Bangladeshi community trips in Wales and promotes integration within the community.

It also provides IT courses, womens drop-ins, football and badminton for the 40,000 strong community.

Backbone

Mr Ahmed. who leaves a wife Rabia Sharmin and daughter Anika Tabussun, two. was also visiting family in Bangladesh at the time of his death.

Colleagues described him as an "influential figure" within the organisation and said he had worked tirelessly as a volunteer.

His friend Mashahid Ali, 36, said: "Istiack will be remembered for his hard work and dedication - giving all he could and not wanting anything in return.

"He was a prominent member of the community and we all looked up to him for advice, his views and also because he was a great friend to us all.

"He was the backbone of the organisation and had the gift that he could interact with anyone of any age. he found it easy to talk to people and was so approachable."

Source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7150121.stm
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