August 9th, 2010 – by Jeremy W. Yoder, Editors Blog
Since Saturday morning, news outlets have reported on the killing of ten members from a medical team for International Assistance Mission in northern Afghanistan. The medical team had been traveling back to Kabul after a two week mission providing optometric care in remote rural villages.
According to the Associated Press, a spokesman for the Taliban claimed responsibility and charged the team with spying and attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity. In the same article, IAM director Dirk Frans denied that the medical team was proselytizing and expressed skepticism that the Taliban had perpetrated the killings.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has confirmed that one of the dead is MCC worker Glen D. Lapp, a member of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Penn. According to MCC, Lapp was a trained nurse who had worked in Lancaster, New York City and Supai, Ariz. He previously served with MCC during the responses to hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was to complete his term in October.
Lapp is the third MCC volunteer to disappear or be killed while serving in the field during the mission organization’s ninety-year history.
Update: At this point, neither MCC nor the Lapp family has established a memorial fund for Glen. However, it is possible to donate to MCC and designate it “in memory of Glen Lapp.”
It is also possible to donate online to the work of the International Aid Mission in Afghanistan.
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