WEA & AEA: 10 Medical workers killed in Afghanistan

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August 8, 2010

Contact Information:
Asia Evangelical Alliance, Rev. Richard Howell [email protected]
World Evangelical Alliance, Marion Uzac [email protected]

The World Evangelical Alliance joins the ASIA EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE in condemning the barbaric killing by Taliban of 10 medical workers who were serving the poor in Afghanistan on 5th August 2010 in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan.

The workers were part of the International Assistance Mission (IAM), a Christian charity that has been working in Afghanistan since 1966.

Eight foreigners and two Afghans were shot dead by Taliban. As reported by AFP news agency. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group, said bibles translated into Dari had been found. “They were Christian missionaries and we killed them all."

IAM has denied the medics and their Afghan interpreters were missionaries. It said its eye camp team had been working in the neighbouring province of Nuristan at the invitation of communities there.  The leader of the group had decades of experience working in Afghanistan, a spokesman said. Christians involved in humanitarian work, in the past have also suffered at the hands of Taliban.

Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO of World Evangelical Alliance stated, “These senseless killings of humanitarian workers are a great atrocity and will significantly impact the delivery of aid to thousands of poor people. Once again the most needy in society are impacted pointless violence.”    

WEA and AEA expresses sympathy to the family and friends of those who were killed serving some of the most needy people in the world. WEA and AEA also appeals to the government of Afghanistan to provide protection to all its  humanitarian workers. It also appeals to the civil society all over the world to condemn the killing of the innocent in strongest terms possible.

Issued by:Rev.
Dr. Richard Howell

General Secretary
Asia Evangelical Alliance
New Delhi, India

World Evangelical Alliance (WEA): World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations. The vision of WEA is to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society. WEA exists to foster Christian unity, to provide an identity, voice and platform for the 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide.