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.”

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