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Aid organisation fears for workers in Afghanistan. General Secretary of Norwegian Church Aid Atle Sommerfeldt now fears the unclear dividing line between military and humanitarian operations in Afghanistan could cause casualties amongst civilian workers. “The military’s work within civil organisations contributes to turning aid workers into targets for resistance groups. This contributes to less sustainability in the local community, and poses a security risk,” he tells NRK. He goes on to say distinguishing between training Afghan security and armed forces and military operations is particularly important.

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Aid organisation fears for workers in Afghanistan

Published on Thursday, 1st July, 2010 at 17:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

General Secretary of Norwegian Church Aid Atle Sommerfeldt now fears the unclear dividing line between military and humanitarian operations in Afghanistan could cause casualties amongst civilian workers.

Norwegian soldier on assignment nr.Mazar
Norwegian soldier on assignment nr.Mazar
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Per Arne Juvang


“The military’s work within civil organisations contributes to turning aid workers into targets for resistance groups. This contributes to less sustainability in the local community, and poses a security risk,” he tells NRK.

He goes on to say distinguishing between training Afghan security and armed forces and military operations is particularly important.

“I’m critical to that the military is regularly involved in civil and humanitarian assignments,” Sommerfeldt tells The Foreigner. “They shouldn’t do it.”

The situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated recently. Rebels’ use of roadside bombs (IEDs/Improvised Explosive Device) has increased, and 100 NATO soldiers have been killed in battles in the past month.



Published on Thursday, 1st July, 2010 at 17:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: afghanistan, mazar, norwegian, church, aid, atle, sommerfeldt, humanitarian, civilian, aid, organisations, casualties, targets.





  
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