IRC Staff Member Killed in Logar Province, Afghanistan
The two men were traveling in Logar’s Charkh District where the IRC is a partner of the National Solidarity Program, a nationwide community development project. As they crossed a bridge in the village of Dabar Alo, their vehicle was overtaken by two men on a motorcycle, who opened fire with an assault rifle through the front window of the vehicle, hitting both victims multiple times.
Akram, who was 40 years old, has worked as a Social Organizer for IRC in his native Logar since April 2006, and is survived by his wife and seven children, and by his father and eight brothers. Mustafa, who was 28 years old, has worked with the IRC as a rental car driver since 2006, and is survived by two sons, two sisters and his mother.
“Both were committed, respected colleagues who worked tirelessly for the development and reconstruction of Afghanistan,” said Ciarán Donnelly, the IRC’s Afghanistan Country Director. “Their tragic death represents a crime not just against their families, but against the whole Afghan people.”
The IRC has been serving conflict-affected Afghan communities since 1980 and began work in Logar Province in 1992. Since then, the IRC has provided assistance to hundreds of communities in agriculture and irrigation, livelihoods and skills training, education, shelter, water and sanitation, and, since 2003, community development through the National Solidarity Program.