Among the dozens killed in a terrorist attack in a Nairobi mall this past week were an acclaimed Ghanaian poet, a Kenyan journalist, a Canadian diplomat — and Elif Yavuz, a 2004 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School o Advanced International Studies (SAIS), who was eight months pregnant.
Yavuz focused on European Studies at SAIS, but went on to specialize in East Africa when she got her subsequent degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. At the time of her death, Yavuz was up to some amazing things: She was working for the Clinton Foundation, living in East Africa, and combatting malaria in the region.
“We were shocked and terribly saddened to learn of the death of Elif Yavuz in the senseless attacks in Nairobi,” former president Bill Clinton said in a statement. “Elif devoted her life to helping others, particularly people in developing countries suffering from malaria and HIV/AIDS. Elif was brilliant, dedicated, and deeply admired by her colleagues, who will miss her terribly.”