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Afghanistan: Red Cross to Pull Staff Amid Mounting Attacks

HeadlineOct 10, 2017
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The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday it’s pulling most of its staff out of Afghanistan after a string of attacks on its employees there. The move follows more than three decades of medical work by the ICRC in Afghanistan and comes as the Trump administration has increased the number of U.S. troops there. This is Monica Zanarelli, head of the the ICRC’s delegation in Afghanistan.

Monica Zanarelli: “Exposure to risk has become our greatest challenge and concern. We know that there is no zero risk in Afghanistan, and we are not aiming at that. We don’t want to build differently our security than we have always done. Our security is built on acceptance and dialogue, and the acceptance comes from meaningful services that can be provided to vulnerable people.”

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