In Loving Memory of


Noëmi Ral

It is with profound sorrow that the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Kenya informs you of the death of Noëmi Ral on May 20, 2021 in Johannesburg.

Noëmi who worked at the Embassy as First Secretary was our ray of light. She was tragically hit by the Corona virus and after battling it courageously she passed away.

She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and colleagues.

We would be grateful if you registered here your message of condolence which will be conveyed to her family.


Book Owner: Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium
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Elin Hilwig- Embassy of the Netherlands

Dear Noemi, I had the pleasure of meeting you in the context of some work related gatherings and was struck by your very bright and positive personality, and your wonderful sense of humor. Even if I did not get to know you so well, I find the though that a positive spirit like you is …

Cornelia Snel

Noélie Dispa

Très chère Noëmi, Le temps passe sans que l’idée de ton décès ne parvienne à s’incarner dans mon esprit. Les mots me manquent toujours. Depuis le premier jour de ce stage, au début d’une carrière qui t’allait si bien, tu as toujours été une telle source de vie, de joie, de folie douce… C’est …

Cornelia Snel

Benedicte Versailles

Het nieuws van je overlijden raakt me heel diep, als collega in Brussel. Ik kende je niet Noëmie, maar had je graag leren kennen. Het is niet met woorden te vatten dat je er nu niet meer bent. Ik wil aan je familie en vooral aan je man en je kindje mijn oprechte spijt …

Cornelia Snel

Mr. Eyal David, Deputy Ambassador Embassy of Israel

Cornelia Snel

Lisa Doherty

The world has lost a radiant bright light, and it has been very difficult to try to come to terms with the fact that Noëmi has been taken from us so early and tragically. She was such a gorgeous person, inside and out, with a heart of gold ♥ I consider myself very lucky …

Cornelia Snel

Melissa Lefas

I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Noemi while she interned at the UNDP regional office in Dakar in 2006 and have since born witness to the tremendous force of her passion and convictions as she charged her career forward. What a tragic loss of a bright and deeply kind and thoughtful advocate. I …

Cornelia Snel

Ivy Kihara

It’s been difficult to write this. Noemi was love and light. She embraced Kenya and the human rights defenders network. She gave of herself and smiled as she did it. She was gently firm wanting the best for everyone and every situation! We have a lost a friend, a great colleague and a human …

Cornelia Snel

Andrew Maina - Hivos Foundation

You are our Hero. The Kenyan LGBTI movement has lost one of our biggest supporters and ally’s, may you rest in Power comrade Noëmi. Till we meet again. …

Andrew Maina

Gisèle Christiaen

  Lovely Noëmi, A thousand words won’t bring you back, I know because I’ve tried, neither will thousand tears, I know because I’ve cried.   Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed an very dear. …

Cornelia Snel

Amélie Matton - AMB Ecosteryl

On behalf of the company AMB-Ecosteryl we would like to share our deepest thoughts, prayers and condolecences. Wishing you strength and hope in those difficult times.   …

Cornelia Snel


For Noëmi, The world has lost an incredible life. Thank You for your commitment and dedication to the Human Rights Defenders Community. Gone too soon but forever in our hearts. …


Eric Willemaers

Dear Noëmi, dear Scott & Arthur, dear family, Few people leave such a strong, positive impression after only a few encounters. Authentic and committed. Eager to learn and to enjoy work and life. And we looked so much forward to having you with us here in NYC, as a colleague and as friends. Your …

Cornelia Snel

Embassy of Burkina Faso

THE EMBASSY, PERMANENT MISSION OF BURKINA FASO IN NAIROBI The Embassy, Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso in Nairobi would like to convey its sincere and fraternal condolences, as well as its solidarity, to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Nairobi following the demise, on 20th May 2021, of Noëmi RAL, First Secretary …

Embassy of Burkina Faso


Tanzania High Commission conveys its deepest condolences to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium following untimely passing of Noemi Ral. The Mission joins the Embassy and the family of Noemi in mourning while praying for the bereaved family to find strength and comfort during this trying moment. May the Almighty God rest Noemi’s …

Cornelia Snel

Andy Detaille

Ik kende Mevrouw Ral niet persoonlijk maar ik wil langs deze weg mijn rouwbetuiging overbrengen aan haar familie en haar collega’s. Ik kan me alleen maar voorstellen hoe moeilijk het moet zijn om je echtgenote, je moeder, je collega op deze manier te verliezen. Hier op Ambabel Singapore zijn onze gedachten bij haar en …

Cornelia Snel

Karl Lagatie

Lieve Noëmi,  Ik kende je enkel van horen, maar het verschrikkelijke nieuws, heeft ons allen ook hier in Brussel met verstomming geslagen…  Hoe kan het in hemelsnaam dat een jonge, energieke vrouw als jij op die manier het leven wordt ontnomen? Er zijn geen woorden voor! De wereld lag aan je voeten, soon off to …

Cornelia Snel

Vincent Willekens

Lieve Noëmi Deze zomer zou je naar hier – New York – verhuizen, helemaal klaar voor een nieuw avontuur samen met Scott en Arthur. Het is nog steeds moeilijk te vatten dat dit nu niet zal gebeuren, dat je ons hier niet zal komen verblijden met je genereuze lach, en dat het team van …

Cornelia Snel

Gjertrud Fosdal & Andre Klaffmo, Norway

We received the news of Noëmi’s passing with shock and disbelief. It is incomprehensible. Our thoughts go to Noëmi’s family – Scott and Arthur as well as her closest family, and all of her friends. We know she had so many friends and was greatly appreciated as a colleague by so many.  Noëmi handed …

Cornelia Snel

Liesbet Van Quathem

Noëmi,   Ik kan het niet geloven, dat jij er niet meer bent. Ik kan het niet geloven, ik denk niet dat het ooit went.   In mijn gedachten blijf je leven, we gingen nog zoveel … gezellig kletsen in het echt, maar eerst nog even virtueel.   We waren bij je in gedachten, …

Cornelia Snel

Embassy of Finland in Nairobi

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear colleague Noëmi. We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Noëmi’s family and friends as well as to colleagues at the Belgian Embassy.   We had the privilege to work with Noëmi in many different occasions, such as in …


Maxime Ramon & Guillermo Vidal

To Noëmi’s child, husband and family, there are no words to describe the loss and pain you must be feeling right now. There are however a thousand words to describe how delightful Noëmi was. She was kind, thoughtful, caring and loving. She was passionate about her work and her loved ones. We will always …


Kath Soontjens

Dearest Scott, Arthur, Isabelle, Johan and Nils,  there are no words … only emptiness for now. She’ll be remembered and will live on in our hearts. She was the most amazing g and trustful friend in my life. I was so proud of her, whatever she did in life, she just nailed it right …


Lot Debruyne and Lionel Blondiau

Dear Scott and Arthur, Our neighbours from far away. I remember very well the first time I met Noëmi, we just bought the apartment next to yours in Schaerbeek. She was her usual self, enthousiast, open and warm-harted. We had ex-colleagues in common and Noëmi already sensed we would become colleagues again in the …

Cornelia Snel

Benjamin Sturtewagen, colleague of Noëmi

Ik heb het genoegen gehad af en toe te mogen samenwerken met Noëmi toen ze op post was in Kenya en ikzelf in Brussel. Ik herinner me ook een lang en zeer fijn gesprek over haar eventuele interesse om op post te vertrekken naar Luanda. Men voelde meteen wat voor een dynamische, innemende en …

Cornelia Snel

Li Fung, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Noëmi was a true friend and supporter of the human rights community in Kenya. Her commitment, energy and initiative united diplomats, civil society and human rights defenders in the common pursuit of human rights, gender equality and social justice. Noëmi, you will be missed. …

Cornelia Snel

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