World Vision Statement on the Killing of Seven UN Staff in Afghanistan

Humanitarian organisation World Vision has expressed condolences and solidarity with UN staff in Afghanistan, after seven UN employees and four Afghanistanis were killed during riots at the operations centre of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in Mazar-e Sharif.

“The thoughts of World Vision staff are with our UN colleagues, and especially with the families of all of those who were killed,” said Dave Robinson, Senior Adviser for Global Operations at World Vision.

“We deplore all acts of violence, especially violence against those who have committed themselves to improving Afghanistan,” he said.

“This tragedy is a sharp reminder of the enormous challenges facing the UN and NGOs operating in Afghanistan, and the fragility of the progress made there.”

The riots are believed to be in response to the reported burning of a Quran in Florida, USA, last month.

“The burning of the Koran is wrong,” said Mr. Robinson. “Doing so demonstrates a lack of sensitivity and understanding. It fosters mistrust and sets back efforts the world over to improve relationships with Muslim communities. On behalf of the staff in World Vision Afghanistan the leadership condemns these actions.

World Vision has no operations in Balkh province, where the UN staff were killed.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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