Engineering disaster relief charity RedR has warned of increasing violence against aid workers after hostage Linda Norgrove died during a failed attempt to
rescue her from kidnappers in Afghanistan.
Norgrove was the daughter of retired civil engineer John Norgrove. She worked in Afghanistan as a regional director for US aid group Development Alternatives Inc on a project which involved rebuilding local infrastructure for farmers.
RedR international programmes director Erin Noordeloos said attacks on aid workers involved with reconstruction work – whether they are attacked, kidnapped or killed – are not uncommon. “They’re growing in number,” she said. “It’s of great concern.”
Aid workers can be better protected by training them to understand the political and social environment, and to communicate their peaceful mandate and impartiality, said Nordeloos.