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Doing their part to build that promised paradise under the sword of Sharia… which somehow keeps winding up squalid and miserable. Somehow. “UK aid worker Linda Norgrove killed in Afghanistan,” from BBC News, October 10:
A UK aid worker held hostage after being kidnapped in Afghanistan has been killed during a rescue attempt, the Foreign Office has said.
Linda Norgrove, 36, from Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland, was employed by US aid group DAI. She was seized with three local staff on 26 September.
Their two-car convoy was ambushed in the eastern province of Kunar.
Ms Norgrove was killed by her captors on Friday during a rescue mission by US forces.
Her colleagues were released unharmed last week.
The Briton is believed to have been taken by her captors from village to village as British, Afghan and other intelligence agencies worked in the remote and mountainous area of Kunar province to locate her.
Both the prime minister and Foreign Secretary William Hague were kept fully informed and British approval was given for a rescue mission to be mounted on Friday night, involving US forces with British officials offering advice.
In a statement, Mr Hague said the aid worker was “killed at the hands of her captors in the course of a rescue attempt”.
He said: “Working with our allies we received information about where Linda was being held and we decided that, given the danger she was facing, her best chance of safe release was to act on that information.
“Responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the hostage takers….
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No good deed goes unpunished.
I’m almost certain that UK aid worker Linda Norgrove would have sided with our enemies against us.
Perhaps Yvonne Ridley should have taught her a trick or two about ‘suviving the Taliban’….. (or something)”
More on Linda Norgrove from the GuardianLinda Norgrove in a picture from her Facebook page.Linda Norgrove dedicated her life to helping others, not least in Afghanistan, a country that she loved.
Born in the village of Altnaharra in Sutherland in 1974, Norgrove grew up on a croft on the isle of Lewis before being educated at the University of Aberdeen.
Her taste for travel to the developing world had been fostered by her parents, John, a civil engineer, and her mother, Lorna, who would take Linda and her younger sister, Sofie, on regular long trips abroad. After school she worked for a year at a trotting horse stable in Belgium before travelling around Spain and France. A keen cyclist, she undertook two long and adventurous trips, cycling over 4,000 miles across the US in 1994 and a year later for three and a half months through China, then from Lhasa in Tibet across the Himalayas to Kathmandu in Nepal.
It was perhaps inevitable her later studies and research would focus on environmentally sustainable development, which she would pursue in further studies in Mexico and research in Uganda before joining the United Nations in Afghanistan.
After a spell working in Laos, Linda Norgrove returned to Afghanistan in February this year as a regional director for Development Alternatives Inc, where she was working when kidnapped. So fond was she of Afghanistan and its people that last year, while still working in Laos, she returned to the country for her holidays, trekking for three weeks in the north.
On her return Norgrove, who spoke Dari, a form of Persian, was in charge of a project designed to persuade local farmers to abandon poppy production and move to legal crops, which required operating in the communities where poppies are grown. A large part of the effort was focused on rebuilding local infrastructure, part of a programme seen as key to denying the Taliban its support among the Afghan population.