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Murdered Christian Humanitarians Memorialized in Kabul: What Do Their Murders Really Tell Us?

Posted on August 14 2010 7:00 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.
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British doctor Karen Woo was one of 10 humanitarian workers murdered during a Taliban ambush.

When I fled Afghanistan at the end of 1961, I thought I was the only American who had ever been there or heard about the country—other than Herman Melville who opens Moby Dick with a reference to “Bloody Riots in Afghanistan.”

Now, nearly 50 years later, (well, 48 years to be precise), Afghanistan seems to be following me. I cannot pick up a newspaper without reading at least one, often two articles about it.  This is true day after day, year after year.

Just today, I read about the memorial services for the six American, one British, one German foreign aid workers and the two Afghans who worked with them. Three were women. They were all buried at the British Cemetary in Kabul. With the exception of the Afghans, the medical team were all Christians but they had not come to proselytize.

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