Rep. Waters Extends Sympathies to Doctors Without Borders following U.S. Airstrike on Hospital in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Dr. Joanne Liu, International President of Doctors Without Borders, extending her deepest sympathies to the victims of the U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 22 patients and staff within a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders. The text of the letter follows:
Dear Dr. Liu:
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims of the U.S. airstrike in Kunduz that killed 22 patients and staff within a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders. Doctors who volunteer their skills in some of the most dangerous regions of the world make sacrifices as brave and selfless as the sacrifices made by our U.S. service members when they are sent into harm’s way. My heart goes out to all who were affected by this tragic incident.
I have always admired the work of Doctors Without Borders. The organization led the international response to last year’s deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and it continues to treat patients in numerous isolated and dangerous parts of the world, including areas of violent conflict like Afghanistan. The courage and compassion of Doctors Without Borders’ staff and volunteers are beyond compare.
With this tragedy, we are once again reminded of the very real costs of war and recall our collective responsibility to promote international peace and security and protect civilians. It is my sincere hope that there will be a thorough and impartial investigation of the incident and that we work hard to ensure that such an incident never happens again.
Once again, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy and I pray that their families may find peace and comfort in the memories of their loved ones and the sympathies of the international community.