The Taliban attacked the offices of a Swiss non-profit organization in Afghanistan and reportedly arrested an American and 17 other people.
The International Assistance Mission confirmed the two separate Taliban raids on its office in Ghor, according to the nonprofit’s report. press release. In the first raid on September 3, the Taliban took three people and in the second raid on September 13, they took 15 workers.
The Christian organization has been present in Afghanistan for 57 years and works to improve health care and education in the country.
According to local Afghan spokesperson Abdul Wahid Hamas, the workers were arrested for “spreading and promoting Christianity.”
“We stick to the principle that ‘aid will not be used to promote any particular political or religious point of view.’ the non-profit association declared. “All IAM employees agree to respect Afghan laws. »
The 18 staff members are currently in an unknown location in Kabul.
“We are also working with the UN and ACBAR, the NGO coordinating body in Afghanistan, to deepen our understanding of the situation and work towards the rapid release of our 18 colleagues,” the International Assistance Mission wrote .
Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, nonprofit organizations have come under increased scrutiny in the country. The Taliban have banned women from working for the country’s humanitarian organizations. New York Post reported.