Head of Japan aid agency returned home after he was executed in Afghanistan
The body of Tetsu Nakamura, a prominent physician from Japan who was killed in an attack in Afghanistan, has been handed over to the Japanese embassy in Kabul.
Many Afghans have called on the government to provide Nakamura a state funeral and asked that the government start awarding an honorary prize in his name.
Nakamura, who headed the NGO Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS), was killed along with five other people when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province on Wednesday.
The spokesman for Nangarhar governor Attaullah Khogyani told dpa that Nakamura’s body was first airlifted by military helicopter to Kabul on Wednesday evening and was later handed over to the embassy.
Following Nakamura’s death, many Afghans expressed guilt for the country being unable to protect the 73-year-old aid worker who dedicated his life toward the well-being of the war-torn country.
They posted Nakamura’s picture on social media with the words “forgive us.” And in a video now being shared by social media users, Nakamura says “I have tried to make no enemies.”
Nakamura had worked in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province for several decades and focused on resolving food shortages and malnutrition in Afghanistan, considered the main cause of illness in the country, with an emphasis on farm and irrigation initiatives.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani awarded him honorary Afghan citizenship for his years of humanitarian work.
The Taliban denied it was involved in the attack and no other organization has claimed responsibility.
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