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Aid agency pledges to carry on in Afghanistan despite medical workers’ deaths

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4366 (Published 10 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4366
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    An aid agency working in Afghanistan has vowed to carry on its operations despite the murders of 10 of its volunteers, including the British doctor Karen Woo, last week.

    But it is feared that the incident could deter the further recruitment of volunteers.

    Dr Woo, aged 36, was shot on 5 August along with nine other volunteers―six Americans, among whom were an optometrist, a nurse, and a dentist; one German; and two Afghan interpreters―working for the humanitarian aid agency International Assistance Mission (IAM) in Afghanistan.

    The members of the group, known as the Nuristan eye camp team, were killed in an ambush in the northeastern Badakhshan province after returning from delivering medical supplies and care to people living in mountain communities as part of the …

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