Attack on Save the Children office in Afghanistan

I want to share with you information from Save the Children’s president and CEO, Carolyn Miles, on the attack early yesterday on Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.  Many of our donors and friends have reached out to us, and we are deeply grateful to know that you share our sadness and shock.

We can confirm four Save the Children staff members were killed.  All other staff were safely rescued from the office. Four were injured in the attack and are receiving medical treatment.

Save the Children condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms, as humanitarian workers shouldn’t lose their lives saving lives. We are shocked and appalled at the violence, carried out against our staff in Afghanistan who are dedicated humanitarians, committed to improving the lives and wellbeing of millions of children across the country. We are doing everything we can to ensure all of our staff get the support they need in the aftermath of this devastating incident.

Investigations into the nature of the attack are ongoing and the motive cannot yet be confirmed.

Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976, providing life-saving health, education, nutrition and child protection programs that have helped millions of children. It is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a child. We have temporarily suspended our operations across the country following today’s events. However, we remain fully committed to helping the most deprived children of Afghanistan.

I thank you for your concern and compassion for our staff.

Thank you!

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