FAIRFIELD, Conn. (January 24, 2018) — In response to the attack at Save the
Children’s office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Carolyn Miles, President & CEO
of Save the Children said:
“It is with profound sadness that we can confirm three Save
the Children staff members were killed earlier today in an attack on our office
in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. All other staff have been safely rescued from the
office. Four were injured in the attack and are receiving medical treatment.
Save the Children condemns this attack in the strongest
possible terms. We are shocked and appalled at the violence, carried out
against our staff in Afghanistan who are dedicated humanitarians, committed to
improving the lives and wellbeing of millions of children across the country.
We are doing everything we can to ensure all of our staff get the support they
need in the aftermath of this devastating incident.
Investigations into the nature of the attack are ongoing and
the motive cannot yet be confirmed. Attacks against aid workers must never be
tolerated and have a direct impact on the children we work to protect.
Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976
providing life-saving health, education, nutrition and child protection
programs that have helped millions of children. We have temporarily suspended
our operations across the country following today’s events, however we remain
fully committed to helping the most deprived children of Afghanistan.”
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