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Topic - Dirk Frans
A Christian charity said Monday it had no plans to leave Afghanistan despite the killings of 10 members of its medical aid team and repeated that the organization does not attempt to convert Muslims to Christianity.
Ten members of a medical team, including six Americans, were shot and killed by militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in remote villages in northern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the team said Saturday.
Ten members of a Christian medical team hiked for more than 10 hours over rugged mountains — unarmed and without security — to bring medical care to isolated Afghan villagers until their humanitarian effort took a tragic turn.
"IAM is a Christian organization. We have never hidden this," said Mr. Frans. "Our faith motivates and inspires us, but we do not proselytize. We abide by the laws of Afghanistan."
Of the eight foreigners, families of five have requested burials in Afghanistan, Mr. Frans said.