Success Stories

Helping Civilians after Helicopter Crashes

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Natasa Ruka

Noorulhaq’s house. When international soldiers are killed in Afghanistan, civilians often die or are injured in the same incidents through no fault of their own. When a Turkish helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, killing 12 troops, two young women were killed and a teenager was severely burnt.

The crew was seeking to make an emergency landing but were unable to control the stricken Sikorsky, which was thought to have developed a mechanical problem. It plummeted into a residential area of Kabul province.

Two sisters, ages 18 and 20, were killed, and an 18-year-old suffered extensive burns. The family, who lived in the house that bore the brunt of the impact was at a wedding. Otherwise the death toll might have been far higher.

A week after the incident, the IRD Afghan Civilian Assistance Program delivered immediate assistance to the families of the sisters and the burn victim. Both families will also receive tailored, follow-on assistance, which may include small business support, rehabilitation therapy, and vocational training.

The brother of Ijazullah (middle) receiving assistance, standing beside an Afghan Government representative (left). Ijazullah, 18, helped his father run the family carpentry shop. He received emergency treatment at an ISAF hospital. His father Noorulhaq said, “My son was injured terribly and may not be able to work for a very long time. The crash also caused a house fire. We lost most of our possessions so the household goods which we received so soon after the crash were a great relief to us.”

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program is funded by USAID Afghanistan and implemented by IRD.

Filed Under: Civil Society, Education, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan