“Our faith motivates and inspires us, but we do not proselytize. We abide by
the laws of Afghanistan,” Dirk R. Frans, IAM’s executive secretary, said in Kabul.
The 10 workers — six U.S. nationals, a Briton, a German, and two local Afghan staff — were killed on August 5 as they returned from a trek through the
Hindu Kush mountains, where they had been providing eye care to poor and
remote communities, Frans said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the workers had been spying and trying to convert Muslims.
Frans said, however, his group had been present in Afghanistan since 1966 and abided by the laws of the country, and had pledged that its aid would never be used to advance a particular political or religious standpoint.
— Anto Akkara