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Mahram Ali, Aid Worker, Executed in Afghanistan

Mahram Ali, 50: Wardak, Afghanistan

Ali worked as a watchman at the National Organisation for Ophthalmic Rehabilitation’s (NOOR) maintenance workshop, a position he had held since 2007, the mission said.

“He stayed behind guarding the vehicles in Nawa when the rest of the team walked over the pass into Nuristan.”

He is survived by his wife and three young children.

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | 2 Comments

Jawed, Aid Worker, Executed in Afghanistan

Jawed, 24: Panjshir, Afghanistan

Jawed was a cook at the Ministry of Public Health’s Eye Hospital in Kabul, and had been released in order to attend the Eye Camp as the team’s cook.

He also assisted with dispensing eyeglasses, the IAM said. He is survived by his wife and three young children.

“Jawed had been on several eye camps into Nuristan in the past, and was well loved for his sense of humor,” the organization said.

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | 1 Comment

Dan Terry, Aid Worker, Executed in Afghanistan

Dan Terry, 63: Wisconsin, United States

Terry came to Afghanistan in 1971, the IAM said, and “had a heart for the rural areas of Afghanistan.”

He worked for many years in the Lal-wa Sarjangal district of the country.

“Dan specialized in relating to local communities and liaising with aid organizations and the government to improve services in remote areas,” IAM said.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters and one granddaughter.

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | 3 Comments

Bryan Carderelli, Freelance Videographer, Executed in Afghanistan

Brian Carderelli, 25: Pennsylvania, United States

Carderelli was a professional freelance videographer who worked with a number of Afghan development and humanitarian organizations throughout the nation, the IAM said. “Brian quickly fell in love with the Afghan people and culture and hoped to stay within the country for another year.”

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | 4 Comments

Daniela Beyer Executed in Afghanistan

Daniela Beyer, 35: Chemnitz, Germany

Beyer was a linguist and translator in German, English and Russian who also spoke Dari and was learning Pashto, the IAM said.

She worked for the organization between 2007 and 2009 doing linguistic research and joined the eye camp so she could translate for women patients.

She is survived by her parents and three siblings.

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | 1 Comment

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

Glenn Lap Executed in Afghanistan

Pa. man among 10 civilians killed in Afghanistan

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A religious relief and service organization says a central Pennsylvania man was one of 10 members of a medical team gunned down in Afghanistan.

The Mennonite Central Committee says the family of 40-year-old Glen Lapp of Lancaster was informed of his death Sunday morning. He was part of the International Assistance Mission providing eye care and medical help. The Taliban says it was responsible, alleging that the workers were trying to convert Muslims to Christianity.

The committee says Lapp was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and had a nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University. He also volunteered to help the response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita and worked as a nurse in Lancaster, New York City and Supai, Ariz.

Lapp’s mother, Mary, said Sunday the family was referring all calls to Mennonite Central Committee.

August 8, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , | 1 Comment