Reference : V-P-AF-E-01968
Date : 2012
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Kunduz, ICRC office. Portrait of Sayed Sarajouddin Sadat. He runs ICRC economic security programmes in the area of Kunduz.
Photographer : DANZIGER, Nick
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Copyright : DANZIGER, Nick
Description : RC RC magazine

Issue 1, 2013, p. 9
Sayed Sarajuddin Sadat is an Afghan local staff member at the Kunduz office, where he runs economic security programmes. He began working with the ICRC in the 1990s and has extensive experience with a variety of agencies. “National staff have the skills to work in this environment, but even with increased responsibilities we need expatriates for credibility,” he says.

The proliferation of armed groups means working more “indirectly”, he says, with local partners such as the Afghanistan Red Crescent or community groups in water and sanitation projects, for example.

Despite the changes in humanitarian access over the years, Sarajuddin says the ICRC’s commitment to enduring principles means it has maintained its effectiveness and credibility. “There have been many changes [in Afghanistan] over the years, especially political, but ICRC policies haven’t changed. Its neutrality, independence and impartiality are accepted by the majority, even the Taliban. I would say the ICRC continues to solidify its reputation even if we have limited access. We should be optimistic.”

Author: Nick Danziger
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