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De ti hjelpearbeiderne som ble drept i Afghanistan 5. august: Glen D. Lapp, Tom Little, Dan Terry, Thomas Grams, Cheryl Beckett, Brian Carderelli, Karen Woo, Daniela Beyer, Mahram Ali og Jawed.

Det er vanskelig å fatte det motet som disse legene oppviste. De reiste inn i fjerntliggende områder. I Nuristan hadde de væpnede vakter, som de sa fra seg da de dro inn i Badakhsan. Alle var klar over faren og risikoen de løp. Men samtidig er det umulig å forestille seg det verste. Tom Little hadde overlevd tre tiår i Afghanistan: sovjeterne, borgerkrigen og Taliban. Hadde han forestilt seg at Taliban ville gå til det skritt å drepe leger? Karen Woo mistet to nære venner i en flystyrt, og skrev ned sine tanker om hva det ville si å risikere livet. Man greier aldri helt å forestille seg at det skal være slutt.

In June, when she learned that two friends of a colleague had died in a plane crash in Afghanistan, she wrote in her blog of her own life and mortality in a war zone:

“Nothing in life is for sure, nothing that you see today will always be here tomorrow,” she wrote. “All of these people come to Afghanistan of their own volition, they come knowing that they may pay with their lives, the black humour is rife, a good way to keep the apprehension low, to keep calm and carry on. Perhaps no one ever expects it to be them, perhaps not their immediate friends either, it always some poor unknown person, a local national, a third country national.

“We count those that matter to us. We say that we are prepared for the loss whatever that may be but is it ever possible to be so? To be so prepared is that at polar opposites to the decision to be there in the first place, that somehow, it will never be me or anyone close to me.”

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