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Joint Statement on the attack against the NGO Save the Children in Afghanistan

Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission
Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission © EU

Christos Stylianides, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, and Neven Mimica, the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, issued the following statement after an attack against the NGO Save the Children in Afghanistan:

"Saving lives should not cost lives.

Today's terrorist attack against the NGO Save the Children, whose staff work to help vulnerable children in Afghanistan, is a grave violation of international humanitarian law. It is an affront to all humanitarian organisations, to humanity, and in particular, it demonstrates a blatant disregard for the wellbeing and future of all Afghan children, who rely on the dedicated work of others.

Our condolences go to the families of all those who have been killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured. At this time, our thoughts are also with Save the Children, a longstanding partner of the European Union in Afghanistan and around the world, working tirelessly to save and change peoples' lives for the better.

We will not allow acts of terror to deter our support to those most in need in Afghanistan. The European Union stands by the Afghan authorities and people and remains committed to helping the Afghan people to achieve a peaceful future."

Publication date
24/01/2018