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Aid worker deaths

April 24, 2015

It’s been a bad year so far in terms of aid workers killed by combatant forces. While every death is equally tragic, we call out attacks on aid workers as being particularly deplorable because they are simultaneously an attack on the rights of civilians to receive needed assistance.

When contemplating their sacrifice I was reminded of Cecil Day-Lewis’s poem ‘The Volunteer‘ – the poem is about an English volunteer in the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, but seems appropriate:

Tell them in England, if they ask

What brought us to these wars,

To this plateau beneath the night’s

Grave manifold of stars –

It was not fraud or foolishness,

Glory, revenge, or pay:

We came because our open eyes

Could see no other way.

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