Ten members of a foreign medical team — including six Americans and three women, all doctors and technicians — were shot to death on Thursday in a remote corner of the Hindu Kush in northern Afghanistan, officials confirmed Saturday.
Their aid group, the International Assistance Mission, said they were eye doctors, nurses and technicians, hiking into one of the toughest areas of the country to provide services. But the Taliban, who claimed responsibility, accused them of being spies and Christian missionaries.
This is exactly why short-term mission trips don’t go to Afghanistan or Iran or North Korea. But the reality here is that even humanitarian aid that comes from a religious place, even when proselytizing is not involved, is not without serious dangers.