Tearfund hit by compensation claim

Charity worker files for £300,000 after falling down a well in Afghanistan

Development charity Tearfund has refused to say whether it will be changing its safety procedures after it was hit by a compensation claim from a contract worker who fell down a well in Afghanistan.

Sarah Shuffell was setting up a radio programme in the capital Kabul in March 2006 with Tearfund's partner organisation Radio for Development when she fell 25 feet down the well. Her lawyers filed a reported £300,000 claim for damages at the High Court in London last week.

Shuffell developed a severe pulmonary embolism after the fall, in which she suffered three fractured ribs and a fractured knee.

A Tearfund spokesman said: "We continually review our safety procedures but we are unable to comment on this particular case."

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