ACBAR strongly defends humanitarian principles and the respect of health workers.
Kabul, October 30th 2016 - ACBAR, the Agency Coordinating Body of Afghan Relief and Development, strongly condemns the rocket attack that hit a hospital run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) in Maidan Shar, Wardak Province, on Wednesday October 26th, killing a five-year-old boy. On behalf of its NGO members, ACBAR would like to pass its condolences to the families of the victims of this attack.
SCA believes that the rocket was not deliberately fired at the hospital, but we remind all parties to the conflict that health facilities, medical staff, patients and transport being used for medical purposes are protected under International Humanitarian Law (IHL). These provisions of the IHL should be respected by all sides of the conflict, thus the wounded and sick must receive the medical care and attention required by their condition without any discrimination, and all parties should permit humanitarian organizations to provide them care.
SCA and humanitarian NGOs are neutral, independent and impartial organizations. They deliver emergency and long-term relief as well as implementing essential services for vulnerable populations. Respecting the humanitarian space of NGOs not only means protecting aid workers and their premises, it ensures that the population receives the assistance they are entitled to.
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has worked for more than 30 years in Afghanistan. Close to 70 000 children go to schools run by SCA. Over two million people receive medical care each year in SCA run clinics and hospitals. SCA also support rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and contribute to development in rural areas. SCA is member of ACBAR. More about SCA https://swedishcommittee.org/