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Tánaiste Condemns Suicide Attack at Education Centre in Kabul

 

Tánaiste Condemns Suicide Attack at Education Centre in Kabul

 

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D., strongly condemned today’s suicide bomb attack on an Education Centre in Kabul which took the lives of 48 people, mostly students, and injured dozens more. This is the latest in a deplorable spate of terrorist assaults targeting civilians in Afghanistan and comes on foot of previous attacks on minority communities, election officials, journalists and health workers. Those behind these atrocities are linked to the Islamic State (IS) Group.

 

Speaking today, the Tánaiste said,

 

Many of those killed are believed to be teenagers getting extra tuition as they prepared for university entrance exams. On a day when our own second-level students are receiving results which will guide their future paths, we are reminded of the difficulties faced by their counterparts in many countries around the world in the face of global terrorism.”

 

I extend my deepest sympathies to those affected and to their families. Ireland’s commitment to Afghanistan’s Peace Process remains steadfast, in particular our support to our humanitarian partners: Concern, HALO Trust and UN CERF.”

 

 

Press Office

15 August 2018

ENDS

 

Note to Editors:

 

In 2017, €329,000 in humanitarian funding was allocated for Afghanistan. This funding went to Concern for a programme to build the resilience of Extremely Vulnerable Communities to Natural Disasters and Conflict.  

 

In 2017, Halo Trust received €150,000 for their demining work in Afghanistan.

 

In 2017, UN CERF allocated $10 million in funding to Afghanistan through its Underfunded Emergencies allocation window. Ireland is the eighth largest donor to the CERF and contributed €22 million to the fund in 2017In 2016 Concern received funding of €452,764  for a programme which provided protection and safety to natural disaster-prone villages in North East Afghanistan.

 

Also in 2016, Halo Trust received €850,000  for their de-mining work in Afghanistan.

A total of €1,302,764 was therefore allocated to Afghanistan in 2016.