The Colleagues We Lost
Dec 1, 2015 — Last week, MSF released the names of the 14 staff members killed in the aerial attacks on our trauma hospital in Kunduz on October 3. All were Afghan. Among them was a nurse, an emergency room doctor, a cleaner, and the deputy medical director. There was a man who enjoyed cricket, another who wanted to continue his studies, another who liked to say he was not “working” in MSF’s trauma center in Kunduz, but rather “serving the Afghan people,” his people.
They were fathers, husbands, sons—and valued colleagues. All of them had been determined to provide the best possible care to the patients who came into the center. And all of them had chosen to stay in the city and report to work, even after fierce fighting began in Kunduz.
At the link below, you can read more about them, see their faces, get to know them just a little. It is for them, and for the patients they so diligently cared for, that we are pressing our call for an independent investigation into the events of October 3—particularly considering all the questions that remain after the US military’s initial reporting on the catastrophic failures and choices that preceded the attacks.
We are grateful for your support and hope we can count on it going forward. Please share this with your friends and contacts and join us in our final push to show the White House just how many people across the globe want to stand up for our colleagues and patients who lost their lives in Kunduz on October 3.
By standing up for them, you’ll be standing up for respect for medical spaces, respect for medical workers, and respect for international humanitarian law. You’ll be standing up for the belief that Even Wars Have Rules—in Afghanistan and all across our shared world.
And keep an eye out for a forthcoming update in which we’ll let you know our plans for presenting this petition to White House.
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