Kenny Gluck on vulnerability of aid workers
CNN: Just a year ago Arjan Erkel was abducted at gunpoint in the south eastern Russian Republic of Dagestan. Now the United Nations has renewed its appeal to Russian authorities to do their utmost to help secure his release. The 32 year old Erkel is a Dutch citizen and is believed to still be alive. He was working for the aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) when he was kidnapped. Kenny Gluck the Director of Operations for MSF in Amsterdam was kidnapped back in January of 2001. He was working in Chechnya.
Kenny Gluck: "Unfortunately there have been over two dozen aid workers kidnapped in the Caucuses in the last seven years. So I think we have to conclude that there is a targeting of aid workers and I think this is one of the things that is so disturbing for it and why we think it is so important that governments who uphold the notion of humanitarian aid, uphold the notion that people in crisis have a right to aid, they have to be doing something about this pattern of kidnapping, pattern of attacks on aid workers in the Caucuses."