Save The Children aid students in Balkh Province, Afghanistan. (Photo: file)
Save The Children aid students in Balkh Province, Afghanistan. (Photo: file)

Kabul, 12 Jumadil Awwal 1436/3 March 2015 (MINA) – Five Afghan aid workers working for an independent organization for children were kidnapped in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, according to local sources on Tuesday.

Save the Children workers were kidnapped late Monday by unknown people as they were visiting the province for a project, the sources said, Anadolu Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

“We have not heard from them since last (Monday) night,” said Zubaida Akbar, the organization’s campaign and communications manager in Kabul.

An operation has been launched by Afghan security forces to find the kidnapped workers.

The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.

It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.

In addition to the UK organisation, there are 30 other national Save the Children organisations who are members of Save the Children International, a global network of nonprofit organisations supporting local partners in over 120 countries around the world. (T/P001/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)