World Must Support, Protect, Be Accountable To Humanitarian Aid Workers
Huffington Post: The Doctors Without Borders Air Strike: Beyond Obama’s Investigation
Thomas Kenyon, president and CEO of Project HOPE
“Humanitarian aid workers who brave war zones have come to expect, but not accept, errant bullets, bombs, or missiles. But that doesn’t mean that they do not have the right to expect the highest standards of support and accountability when tragedies occur — especially when they are as flagrant as the lethal and prolonged attack by a U.S. military aircraft on the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (known internationally as Médicins Sans Frontières or MSF) in northern Afghanistan. … To honor their sacrifice, we must hold those responsible to be accountable for their deaths. … The Geneva Conventions guide warring factions in their responsibility to protect civilians and the wounded, in theory, but that does little to assuage the fears of medical humanitarians risking their lives to save others. … [T]he world must protect them and value their sacrifice. It is now up to our leaders to prove they do, too” (10/20).