UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — On Friday, aid organization Save the Children announced that five members of their staff, who were abducted on March 3 in Uruzgan province in Afghanistan, were found dead.
According to Afghan media, the aid workers were killed by the Taliban. Mark Bowden, UN's Afghanistan coordinator, said in a statement published on the UN's website:
"I am deeply saddened by this shocking news. I share the grief of our colleagues at Save the Children International and the families of those killed.”
He called on all parties to ensure that humanitarian aid workers have save access to the people they assist and can carry out their work unhindered.
Save the Children aid group has worked in Afghanistan since 1976. According to the organization’s website it has provided more than 285,000 malnourished children with food and vital supplements and helped more than 332,000 kids to continue their studies.