ambulance SCA

Kabul, 28 May 2014(ACBAR) - Since January of this year, there have been 80 security incidents against NGOs and their employees. ACBAR - the Agency Coordinating Body of Afghan Relief and Development – is condemning firmly the attack on an ambulance and its personnel, in Nangarhar and in Badakhshan provinces. Such attacks are preventing severely the essential assistance to patients. Humanitarian organizations are working impartially and independently to deliver much needed aid to the Afghan people who need it the most. This is done irrespective of ethnic identity, religious or political beliefs. Any attack, intimidation, violence or threat against NGOs working in Afghanistan is unacceptable and reprehensible. ACBAR appeals to all parties to the Afghan conflict to respect the neutrality of NGOs as well as to allow humanitarian access to those in need.

In the current context, where Afghanistan still faces major challenges such as the high vulnerability to natural disasters, one of the worst levels of poverty in the world, an increase of crime and an ongoing conflict, both local and international NGOs are playing a critical role in providing relief and development aid to people in need, in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Often they are able to reach out in those areas, where other service providers have limited or no access. Any attack against NGO staff will ultimately result in delays in aid implementation, which affects the welfare of the people, in particular the most vulnerable, in Afghanistan.

ACBAR, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief & Development, is an Afghan independent body bringing together 128 national and international NGOs working in Afghanistan and abiding by the humanitarian principles of independence, neutrality, impartiality and humanity. As the collective voice of NGOs operating in Afghanistan, ACBAR’s activities have focused heavily on providing information to its members / the aid community, coordination of activities at the national / regional levels, and advocacy on issues affecting the work of its members.