Guardian: Taliban denies killing three female Afghan polio workers

31 March, 2021

Dear HIFA and CHIFA colleagues,

Since 2014 we have been repeatedly shocked and saddened by the murder of dozens of polio vaccination workers in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria - all because of health misinformation.

Three more have been murdered in Afghanistan. Extracts from a news item below. Full text here:


Taliban denies killing three female Afghan polio workers

Murders of two volunteers and a nurse come one day after relaunch of national vaccination campaign

Two female volunteers and a nurse working door to door to vaccinate children against polio were shot dead by gunmen in two separate incidents in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday...

“The assassination of three female aid workers is an act and crime against humanity and targeting them is condemnable and needs international-level investigations,” said Orzala Ashraf Nemat, an Afghan women’s rights activist.


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