U.S. Aid Worker Killed in Afghanistan

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CBNNews.com - A U.S. aid worker, who had dedicated her life to serving the people in Afghanistan, has reportedly been killed.

Gunmen kidnapped Cyd Mizell and her Afghan driver last month as she was headed to work. The organization they worked for says the two are believed to be dead. No confirmation of their deaths was provided.

"We are deeply grieved to report the apparent deaths of Muhammad Hadi and Cyd Mizell," officials at the Asian Rural Life Development Foundation said in a statement on their Web site. "We are thankful for the efforts of local government other authorities during this crisis. Our prayers are with the families of Hadi and Mizell."

Mizell, a California native, had lived in Kandahar since 2005, where she taught English to high school students and helped women learn income-producing skills such as sewing and embroidery. She also helped with efforts to include food-for-work projects, irrigation, rehabilitation, health care and restoration projects.

Hadi, a resident of Kandahar, had served as a driver for the organization for two years. Colleagues described him as a "kind, loving man." He was the father of five children, ages 6 to 15.

In January, about 500 women in Afghanistan protested Mizell's kidnapping. Rona Tareen, director of the Kandahar Women's Association, had called for Mizell's immediate release.

"She was here helping the woman in Kandahar. She was trying to get their embroidery outside of the country," Tareen told the women - many wearing the all-encompassing burqa - who gathered in a Kandahar wedding hall.

ARLDF is a humanitarian development organization that works throughout Asia helping to provide a better quality of life for the poorest of the poor, mainly through community development projects.

In the Kandahar area, ARLDF personnel work in education and projects that help people learn skills to better their lives and the lives of their families.

*Original broadcast February 26, 2008.

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