Five Save the Children staff killed in Afghanistan

Photos of the five Save the Children staffers killed in Afghanistan
Top row (L-R) Mansoor Ahmad Rahmanzai, Mohammad Haroon, Mohammad Naeem, (Second row L-R) Naqibullah Afkar, Rafiullah Salihzai.

Last Friday, news reached us of the death of five of our colleagues in Afghanistan.

The five – Mansoor Ahmad Rahmanzai, 25, Rafiullah Salihzai, 27, Naqibullah Afkar, 29, Mohammad Haroon, 27 and Mohammad Naeem, 24 – had  been abducted by an armed group five weeks ago in southern Uruzgan province.

Despite desperate efforts to negotiate their release, they were killed by their captors.

All but one of them was married and their deaths leave 12 children fatherless.

Brave men doing crucial work

Our colleagues were working to bring clean drinking water to isolated communities in Uruzgan province.

Over the last decade, these kinds of projects have tripled the number of households with access to safe drinking water, improving health, preventing disease and saving children’s lives.

Some of the colleagues are  featured in the inspiring video about their work below:

Doing whatever it takes

This tragedy underscores the incredible courage of our staff who work in some of the toughest, most dangerous places on earth to save lives and bring hope to children.

Whether it’s bringing clean water in Afghanistan, education in Syria or life-saving medical care to Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, they do whatever it takes.

We do all we can do ensure our teams are as safe as possible. Their security is always our number one priority.

But tragically, as this horrific incident shows, sometimes these remarkable humanitarians make the ultimate sacrifice.

If you’d like to leave your condolences for Mansoor, Rafiullah, Naqibullah, Mohammad and Mohammad, please leave a comment below.

My thoughts, and those of the entire Save the Children family are with their families, friends and colleagues.

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  • Sandy Knowles

    To the families of Mansoor, Rafiullah, Naqibullah, Mohammad and Mohammad: nothing can replace your loss, but know that the thoughts and prayers of people around the world are with you at this sad time. How can it happen, that men are killed simply for doing good?

  • Kimarie

    My condolences to the families and friends and co-workers of these wonderful and brave men. The lives they’ve touched through their work will stand as a testament to their memories.

    May God comfort their families and loved ones. I also pray that God will protect those who are still doing such vital work all over the world.

  • My sincere condolences for all of the families and friends of these brave men. May you legacy live on in all the wonderful work you have done.

  • Kiran

    It is a tragedy that you were targeting for helping others. The work you have carried out with continue to benefit others. Well done and rest in peace.

  • Leanne

    The loss of 5 young men in such tragic circumstances fills my heart with such saddness. I really struggle to understand the cruel nature of this world at times, however I find hope in all that Mansoor, Rafiullah, Naqibullah, Mohammad and Mohammad, were trying to achieve for their community. My thoughts are with their families and friends at this time.

  • Thank you for telling more about them. I am really really sad.

  • Karin

    It is hard to understand the cruelty of the people who did this to the five humanitarians giving of their lives to help others. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends who have been left behind to bear the unbearable. May their memories be honoured in the work that continues in the face of such inhumanity.

  • Sarah Gate

    God bless you, our brothers in humanity. And your families xxx

  • Cindy

    So terribly sad, and horribly senseless. My condolences to the families of these brave souls.

  • Trish Harewood

    My thoughts are now with their families. I hope that some way will be found to help their widows and children.
    The cruelty of their captors is beyond imagination. How can they expect to build Afghanistan on the blood of other human beings?

  • Pragya

    This is a massive loss. My thoughts and prayers are with their families

  • Joann Slead

    My sincere condolences to all those who lost family, friends and colleagues. The rest of the humanitarian world stands united with you in this tragic loss, and you are all in our prayers.

  • Hi, thanks for taking the time to read our blog and for showing your support in light of this tragic news.