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By Steve King
Topic - International Assistance Mission
The International Assistance Mission (IAM) is a non-profit Christian development Non Government Organization (NGO) working in Afghanistan since 1966. IAM runs projects in medicine, engineering, languages, small business and community development. In 2008, IAM's eighteen projects in seven provinces helped 370,000 Afghans.IAM is registered in Switzerland, and is the longest continuously serving NGO in Afghanistan and only works in Afghanistan. - Source: Wikipedia
One of the gunmen who killed 10 charitable health workers in northern Afghanistan hitched a ride with the medical team shortly before the murders, the sole survivor of the attack told The Associated Press on Saturday.
The recent execution-style slaying of 10 medical aid workers, six of them Americans, by the Taliban in Afghanistan will hurt poverty-stricken Afghans the most and underscores the vulnerability of humanitarian groups, charities working in the region say.
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.