Indian aid worker abducted in Herat focused on girls’ education

JRS says no information if abduction is linked to his work.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2014 8:02 am

A few months before he was abducted in Herat, Indian aid worker Alexis Premkumar had strongly advocated girls’ education in Afghanistan and talked about how the aid agency, which he headed in the strife-torn country, was working towards it.

In an interview to the in-house radio of his organisation, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Premkumar had said that the agency was providing technical education to about 200 girls along with 500 boys in Herat, besides running three schools in Kabul that primarily focused on girls’ education.

He had also complained of poor response to the school in Sohadat, the place he visited shortly before being abducted by gunmen on Monday, because of “lack of water and unemployment”.

The nine-minute interview, which he gave in November last year, has been uploaded on the JRS-USA website.

In the interview, Premkumar said, “We need to provide quality education to girls because girls need to learn a lot in this country…. (In Herat) we run the school. Nearly 200 children are studying. We have for both boys and girls… For the boys, we have it outside, in a rented building. (In Kabul) we run three government schools and the emphasis is on girls’ education.”

According to Premkumar and the JRS website, the organisation has been working in the field of education in Afghanistan since 2005. It started working in Herat in 2008.

According to its website, JRS has been helping those who are returning home from exile in Iran and Pakistan, and providing education and healthcare services in Bamiyan, Kabul and Herat. In his interview, Premkumar said the JRS has also constructed buildings and created infrastructure to facilitate training in Afghanistan. He expressed hope that the “world community works towards ending war and bringing in peace in Afghanistan”.

Joy Karayampuram, a spokesperson for JRS, said there was no information if Premkumar’s abduction is linked to his work. “We have no information on this. We know that the Afghan government is doing what is required to trace Premkumar. We have no clue about what could be the reason,” he said.

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First Published on: June 7, 2014 5:16 am
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    deepak
    Jun 7, 2014 at 2:49 am
    He was not Indian Aid worker. He was a Christian Missionary who in the disguise of Aid and education wants to convert people, exactly what these evangelical workers do.here is the link and the stand of the Indian govt. on it.:t.co/lzdoDDxxZ8
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      deepak
      Jun 7, 2014 at 3:33 am
      He was not an Indian Aid worker. Instead, he was Christian Missionary.Here is the link address showing the stand of the Indian govt.:www.vijayvaani/Arti...
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        deepak
        Jun 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm
        the person was not Indian air worker, he was a Christian missionary.here is the link showing the stand of the Indian Govt.:www.vijayvaani/Arti...
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          mms
          Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
          This gentleman was not sent to Afghanistan by Govt. of India. His kind of people are appointed by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to convert people into Christianity on the name of education. He must be in the pay roll of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) kind of missionaries are utilising poor brainwashed converts like him from India and other underdeveloped countries to undertake dangerous tasks in terrorist hit areas all over the world to brainwash the politically disturbed people and convert them to Christianity on the name of charity and education.
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            mms
            Jun 7, 2014 at 7:37 am
            Well said Sir. It is the truth. His kind of people are made scapegoat to spread religion to gain political mileage in future.
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              Artem Mikoyan
              Jun 7, 2014 at 3:44 am
              Was this Christian missionary send by goi or his church? Anyway it's a matter for afghan police to investigate.
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                Narendran Cp
                Jun 7, 2014 at 2:36 am
                Indian aid worker?
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                  Pappu Italvi
                  Jun 7, 2014 at 3:56 am
                  He was a convertion specialist for church under disguise of a teacher.
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                    Priya Malavalli
                    Jun 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm
                    Alexis Premkumar had strongly advocated girls’ education in Afghanistan and talked about how the aid agency the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), which he headed in the strife-torn country, was working towards it. - It is sad to hear about the abduction of an Indian citizen and hope they are able to get him back safely. All NGO's that go to serve other communities need to be sensitive not to engage in Proselytism in the name of community service and giving back to the society. Many Christian missionaries do great work, but often are motivated by the underlying desire of converting those they serve to become christian. None of the communities they serve like this and its sad that these missionaries continue to engage in such practices blatantly till they attract the wrath of those they serve.
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                      Rajesh kumar
                      Jun 7, 2014 at 12:30 am
                      please
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                        Rajesh kumar
                        Jun 7, 2014 at 12:31 am
                        please don't call him aid worker, he is christian missionary and he was there to spread christianity.
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                          Shyam
                          Jun 7, 2014 at 6:07 am
                          "Aid worker" euphemism for missionary - out to "teach" the world why their imaginary being is better than others - and in the process enrich the w pipeline, except that last sucker who listens to him
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