Condemnation of airstrikes on hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan
The Humanitarian Coalition strongly condemns the airstrikes in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that resulted in the death and injury of medical workers and patients at a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital on 3 October.
The Humanitarian Coalition and its members remind all parties to armed conflict that hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law. In addition to the immediate suffering caused, aggression against humanitarian workers jeopardizes the delivery of life-saving assistance to civilians in the long term. The protection of humanitarian workers must be a top priority, whatever the crisis.
For these reasons, the Humanitarian Coalition joins with MSF to call for a thorough and impartial investigation into the attack, in order to ensure accountability and ensure such violence against humanitarian workers is not repeated. This is particularly important in the context of increasing violence against humanitarian workers in recent years. This event is a reminder of the risks and sacrifices of humanitarians around the world, taken in the service of others, and the importance for world leaders to reaffirm the independence, neutrality and protection of humanitarians in all forms of conflict and crisis.
Médecins Sans Frontières have been operating the only hospital in Kunduz under extremely trying conditions. The Humanitarian Coalition and all its members commend the courageous and dedicated staff of the organization and extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families of those killed and injured in this attack.
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The Humanitarian Coalition Canada’s only joint fundraising approach to humanitarian response, is a “one-stop-shop for all Canadians during times of international humanitarian crises. The seven member agencies, present in more than 150 countries around the world, work together to reduce competition, inform the public on humanitarian needs, increase the impact of Canadian humanitarian responses and minimize administrative costs. Together, saving more lives.