Optometrist Tom Little was one of a team of 10 medical volunteers killed in a militant ambush in Afghanistan last month. He had devoted decades to helping Afghans in need, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The volunteers, who were providing eye-care and other health services to impoverished villagers in a rugged, isolated valley, were shot to death as they tried to make their way back to Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, accusing the victims of preaching Christianity and spying for Western military forces. The accusation was denied by the International Assistance Mission which sponsored the group.
The newspaper wrote that in the dingy halls of the Kabul eye hospital where Little spent much of his working life, the sorrow was palpable. Co-workers and patients paid emotional tribute to a man they described as kind and caring, determined to aid Afghans whose eye ailments might otherwise have condemned them to a lifetime of misery and poverty.
The newspaper said: “A male nurse’s eyes welled with tears as he recalled Little, who remained in Afghanistan through its brutal civil war in the 1990s, talking his way through checkpoints manned by various ethnic militias – saving the lives of co-workers who might otherwise have been dragged from the car and killed.”
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the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, accusing the victim of preaching Christianity and spying for Western military forces.