By Susan W. Hayes, president & CEO
It was with a heavy heart that we received the news yesterday of the senseless killing of three people at CURE International's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dedicated health workers across the globe take considerable risks to treat patients in need in some of the most dangerous corners of our world. These men and women heroically set aside their own safety to help sick and injured children, women and men.
Yesterday, three among those courageous health workers were lost, including a pediatrician from Chicago who had spent several years training local doctors and treating children in Afghanistan. A father and son visiting the hospital, who were doctors, were also killed. In light of the compassion and empathy that drives the work of our own partners and medical volunteers, we recognize and honor the spirit that compels those health workers in Kabul to heal whoever needs healing, despite the circumstances.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of those who were lost, with their colleagues in Kabul and with CURE, a fellow international organization working to treat children and adults in need.