Afghanistan security issues stall a ministry.

By June 11, 2004

Afghanistan (MNN)–At least eleven, possibly as many as 20, Chinese workers were killed in Afghanistan Thursday. This latest attack follows the worst week of violence against foreigners since the fall of the Taliban.

June 2nd, five aid workers with Doctors Without Borders were murdered. Because of the violence, World Vision is putting its activities in Afghanistan’s Badghis Province on hold.

Local and international humanitarian organizations, including World Vision, are currently addressing security issues in the province. The security and well being of staff and beneficiaries is now World Vision’s primary concern.

World Vision teams were focusing on education, school renovation, feeding programs, and food security. Teams also implemented food-for-work programs, where people are given food for working on road construction and water supply projects.

As this is a population already suffering from the effects of a hard drought, World Vision is especially anxious to resume their ministry.

Staff feel they are representing the love of Christ as they reach out to the needy in Afghanistan. Pray that they will be safe as they make further preparations in response to the instability.

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