Below is a selection of the many tributes and condolences that have been received by
CHF International by friends, colleagues and supporters of Stephen D. Vance and his driver, who were killed on November 12, 2008.

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I knew and greatly respected Stephen from when he worked for us in Mongolia some years ago. He was a dedicated humanitarian who often thought of new and interesting solutions. He will be greatly missed. On behalf of all of Mercy Corps, we send support and condolences. It is a terrible situation when we lose dedicated people like Stephen to these killings.

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We at Louis Berger were shocked and saddened at the news today from Pakistan. The deaths of Steve Vance and his driver are tragic and difficult to fathom. They were involved in a humanitarian effort in FATA that gave its people hope for a better future – free from the kind of violence and mindless cruelty that too often seems to be overwhelming. Please accept our condolences and express our sentiments to the families of those two singular people.

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Stephen was not a person to be replaced so easily. Although it is said that no one is indispensable, this statement doesn’t seem right in the case of Stephen. He was a unique blend of true professionalism and humanity, a natural leader and a visionary. I say this as I had the honor of being his confidante, having had the maximum opportunity to work with him, since I joined him at the very start of the project. In him I had a friend, a leader, a guide. Now that he is no more with us the responsibility of fulfilling his dreams bear more heavily on us.

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I would like to add condolences from the worldwide staff of International Relief and Development (IRD) on the senseless deaths in Peshawar of Stephen Vance and his driver. I knew Stephen when he was working in the Balkans. He was a decent guy – very decent and fair. And he always attempted to help me every time I asked him for assistance. It is especially hard to assimilate these deaths.

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I was deeply saddened to read about your colleagues in Pakistan. I just wanted to pass my condolences and thoughts to you and your team. Pakistan is such a tough place at this time and I really just hope for everyone’s sake that things will change soon. Its truly heartbreaking.

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I am deeply saddened to hear the news about the brutal killing of Mr. Steve Vance and his driver in Peshawar yesterday. I know this must be a very difficult time for the bereaved families and CHF. May God grant them eternal peace and solace and strength to their families for bearing this great loss. Those who are responsible for such a heinous crime against selfless humanitarian workers can neither be Muslims, nor Pakistanis nor Pakhtuns. We will be forever grateful for the efforts and help of Mr. Vance and his driver for the betterment of our communities and will always keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

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We at Chemonics are deeply saddened by the news of the tragic deaths of Stephen Vance and your project driver in Peshawar. On behalf of all of Chemonics, please accept our deepest condolences on this terrible loss for the families of Stephen and the driver, CHF, and the entire development community.  For those of us who knew Stephen, this is an enormous loss. I was fortunate to get to know and work with Stephen when we were both starting our development careers with USAID/Zaire in the 1980s. There I came to appreciate his great passion for development, his commitment to helping others, and his humor. It was his combination of skills, energy, and compassion that made Stephen such an outstanding development professional and a great friend. I maintained my friendship with Stephen all of these years, and also know what a committed father and husband he was. Stephen will be sorely missed. During difficult times like this, we come together as a development community, and are reminded of both the noble endeavor we are undertaking and the tremendous risks that go with it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stephen’s and the driver’s families, friends, and colleagues at CHF and around the world.

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On behalf of the American Institutes for Research, I would like to extend our sincere condolences on the recent death of Stephen D. Vance and driver located in Peshawar, Pakistan. There are no words to express our sadness of such a senseless act of violence. Please know that our thoughts are with you, your organization, and the family members and friends of those who lost their lives.

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I am so sorry to hear today's news of the deaths of Stephen Vance and his driver. Thank you for the gracious message on your website. You all do brave work world over, and no place is ever truly safe. Any and all US development workers at work in dangerous places will have you in their thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks.

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On behalf of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, I would like to convey my sincere condolences to the colleagues and family of Stephen Vance. Although condolences may be of small comfort when a life is lost, his work, as well as that of organizations such as CHF, is valuable and I trust it may be possible to sustain it.

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We knew Mr. Vance once he was with USAID mission in Timor-Leste and as the CTO for the USAID Small Grants Program. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Vance and family.

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The loss of Stephen D. Vance is truly a sad event. He was a person who always had a smile on his face and a word of encouragement for those around him. He was always available to us and showed a willingness to help in any way he could. Day in and day out, he showed the kind of motivation and leadership all of us on his staff so much admired. But even more than that leadership position, I have always valued my close association with Stephen in office related issues. There is for most people that one special individual who becomes a mentor, offering guidance, introductions, inspiration, encouragement, solace over failure, and, most importantly, an example of success. For me, Stephen was that person.

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As a Pakistani-American, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Stephen Vance. I am familiar with the development goals that the U.S. has for that region, and how dangerous and difficult they are to implement. Mr. Vance must have been an incredible brave and selfless person, and we need more of his kind.  I am deeply grateful for his work and that of his colleagues at CHF, and so angered by the circumstances that led to his death.  I offer my deepest condolences to his family.

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Steve's assassination is tragic on so many levels. The life he chose to lead, not in a compound but rather among the people with and for whom he worked, speaking not just Urdu but also Pashtoon, is an inspiring model of decency, humanity, and caring. He was thoughtful, honest, and thoroughly devoted to the betterment and development of Asia and South Asia. He possessed many of the finest, noblest characteristics of mankind, which are in woefully short supply at this time in our world's history. So, it is tragic that anyone would see him as an agent of oppression, would see the changes he was working for as threats to their sovereignty or self-determination. It is tragic that one of the best among us has been cut down in his prime, when his life would have continued to benefit the Region in ever-expanding ways. It is tragic that such a unique and rare person will not fulfill the mission he set for himself, that so few others are prepared to undertake in his stead. It is tragic that his family has lost their beloved husband and father. How will we ever reach a better world if one such as Steve is killed because of an amorphous, intense hatred arising from decades or centuries of conflict and mistrust, but relating to absolutely nothing he stood for?

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I met Stephen for the first time about 2 months ago and see his dedication to what he does best. He will be missed by many including his kids and wife. Another Stephen will rise and keep his legacy alive.

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I would like offer my sincere condolences to Stephen Vance's family and CHF International for tragic loss of Stephen. My heart aches when I hear such stories and it hurts that much more when I learn that this happened in Pakistan where I was born. There is not much I can say to lessen the sadness of Stephen's family but this is all I can do and only hope that people who risks their lives to help improve the lives of destitute stay safe where ever they are. I hope the ruthless people responsible for this are brought to justice. Again, my deepest condolences and may his family find solace.

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I was deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Steve Vance in Pakistan. Steve was a true international development professional, an excellent project manager and a fine individual. Steve and I worked together for four years in Zaire where he managed a number of USAID's rural development projects and I was the Mission Director. I extend my sincerest sympathies to Steve's wife and children, his family and his many friends and colleagues.

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Those who have worked in western Pakistan and eastern Aghanistan know the beauty of the region and the warmth of the people   Best wishes to the professionals -- expatriate and local -- and to the support staff who continue working around Peshawar, despite the difficulties.  We should all recognize the contributions made by people like Stephen D. Vance, and be saddened by his death.  I hope that many people recognize his work, and support those who continue there.

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My deepest condolences to Stephen's immediate family, his wife and children and his extended network of colleagues and friends.

A very sad day to know that someone so generous of spirit has been cut down so early in life. May his work live on in those that understand that "doing" is what makes the difference. He will be missed.

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I worked with Stephen for three years in Mongolia on the USAID-funded Gobi Regional Economic Growth Initiative. He was my boss and a mentor. My heart is full of sadness and grief for Stephen’s wife and their five beautiful children. Stephen was an exemplary leader, full of vision, and principles, and a tireless work ethic. He will be missed deeply by so many people all over the world. But the silver lining is that his spirit lives, and will thrive, in the hearts and minds of countless people who were touched by Stephen.