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Tom Little, New York Optometrist, Executed in Afghanistan

‘A hundred rockets a day was a good day,’ doctor’s widow says

Tom Little (right) died right where he loved to be, according to his wife, Libby Little.

CNN– Risking their lives to help disadvantaged Afghans became almost a norm for Tom and Libby Little.

“We raised our three daughters through what was, at times, just hell,” Libby Little said. “A hundred rockets a day was a good day.”

Family members lived underground to avoid bombings, she said. Yet they stayed out of a love for the people and a passion for providing eye care for the needy.

But violence prevailed on Thursday.

Tom Little, a New York optometrist, was among 10 people killed by gunmen in Badakhshan, a remote northeastern region of the country. The mostly foreign members of a medical team were robbed and shot one-by-one on a remote road. Their bodies were transferred to Kabul early Sunday, authorities said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

“He died right where he loved to be — and that was doing eye care in remote areas,” Little said from her home in New York. “Our daughters are missing him terribly. But I think their feeling is, too, that this is a real passion that he had.”

More than 400 people gathered Sunday at Loudonville Community Church in Loudonville, New York, to honor Little. The church supported his trip financially and emotionally. Read more here

August 8, 2010 - Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. [...] Tom Little [...]

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  2. TO THE LITTLE FAMILY-THERE ARE NO WORDS ADEQUATE TO EXPRESS THE LOSS OF DR TOM LITTLE AND ALL THE OTHER MEMEBERS OF THE TEAM WHO WERE KILLED. YOUR REMARKABLE RESPOSE TO THIS LOSS IS JUST ANOTHER TRIBUTE TO DR LITTLE. THERE IS NO ANSWER TO WHY THIS HAS HAPPENED. ALTHOUGH I DO NOT KNOW YOUR FAMILY PERSONALLY I FELT THE NEED TO WRITE AND LET YOU KNOW THAT I CAN ONLY HOPE ON A MUCH SMALLER SCALE TO LIVE MY DAILY LIFE IN THE SPIRIT OF KINDNESS AND COMPASSION THAT DR LITTLE AND HIS FAMILY HAVE LIVED.

    Comment by jean broman | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. Our heart aches for the families of the murdered saints in Afganistan. Their life long selfless service to others is the greatest of distinctions. In my book, there are no greater heroes.

    Please know that our father God has a special place for these great servents who brought comfort and peace to the very people who murdered them. God also has a very special and very hot place for unrepentent haters and murderers.

    May God and all His Angels comfort you and may God bless you all with His favor forever.

    Comment by Arthur Cooper | August 11, 2010 | Reply


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