Afghanistan charity may reduce operations after shooting

Christian charity Serve Afghanistan has temporarily closed its office in Kabul after the killing of charity worker Gayle Williams.

Williams was shot dead by a Taliban hitman in the city on Monday.

Mike Lyth, chair of Serve Afghanistan, said the charity would close the office in Kabul for a few days for the safety of its other staff. The charity would be assessing whether to scale down it operations in the city, said Lyth.

"It is becoming increasingly difficult to operate," he said. "The Taliban are gradually circling the city and taking over more of the roads."

The charity has 15 international staff and about 200 Afghan workers based at the office. "We have had a commitment to Afghanistan for 20 years, so if there is any way we can hang on there we will do so," added Lyth.

Other Christian charities working in the region insisted yesterday that they would carry on their operations (Third Sector Online, 21 October).

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