Save the Children CEO on Kabul Airport Attacks: "Children should never be subject to senseless acts of violence"

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Aug. 26, 2021) — Following the attack today at Kabul airport, Janti Soeripto, Save the Children President and CEO, issued the following statement:

“We are devastated by the significant loss of life at Kabul airport today, where dozens of Afghan families – reportedly including children – were killed alongside at least twelve United States military personnel. Our thoughts are with all those affected by today’s attacks.

“Children and families should never be subject to such senseless acts of violence. To be killed while attempting to flee is, simply put, heartbreaking. This violent act also underscores the need to urgently expedite the processing of visas for those Afghans looking to leave the country, and for the United States and other governments to step up efforts to welcome them.

All efforts must be made to protect children and ensure future generations can grow up in a country free of the fear of violence, death and injury.”

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding more than 100 years ago, we've been advocating for the rights of children worldwide. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming the future we share. Our results, financial statements and charity ratings reaffirm that Save the Children is a charity you can trust. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.


Thank you for signing up! Now, you’ll be among the first to know how Save the Children is responding to the most urgent needs of children, every day and in times of crisis—and how your support can make a difference. You may opt-out at any time by clicking "unsubscribe" at the bottom of any email.

By providing my mobile phone number, I agree to receive recurring text messages from Save the Children (48188) and phone calls with opportunities to donate and ways to engage in our mission to support children around the world. Text STOP to opt-out, HELP for info. Message & data rates may apply. View our Privacy Policy at