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Men Who Made a Difference Dan Terry and Tom Little

A tribute to Tom Little and Dan Terry, two of the aid workers killed last August in Afghanistan

By Jacob Baynham at Slate

The family of Dr. Tom Little will accept the country’s highest civilian honor—the Presidential Medal of Freedom—on his behalf from President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. Little and nine other aid workers were killed last August in a remote province of Afghanistan when gunmen ambushed their vehicles. Little had worked in Afghanistan since the 1970s.

Fifteen years before his death, Dr. Tom Little helped save a life. I’m sure it wasn’t the first life he saved, or the last, but on this occasion I happened to be present. I was 11 years old, and Afghanistan was in the midst of a civil war. The year was 1995. My family, his family, and a group of other people were camped on the edge of the swollen Panj River in Afghanistan. Dr. Tom, as everybody called him, had set up an eye clinic there, examining villagers who had walked for days to have their eyes checked and their cataracts removed.

Please read the entire tribute here

February 15, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, State Department, USAID | , , , , | Leave a comment