A Sutherland MP called the Home Office to support a foundation trying to get female medical students from Afghanistan to the UK to complete their studies.
Jamie Stone, the MP for Sutherland, and two of his colleagues are urging support for The Linda Norgrove Foundation’s plan to relocate Afghan female medical trainees from Afghanistan to the UK in the light of higher education restrictions by the Taliban de facto government.
Ms Norgrove, 36, a Sutherland native who volunteered as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan, was killed in a failed rescue attempt in September 2010 after being kidnapped in the eastern province of Kunar.
Her parents, John and Lorna Norgrove, established the Linda Norgrove Foundation following her kidnap and death. The organization now supports the education, health and income of Afghan women and children affected by the war.
Mr Stone praised the foundation’s work and the challenges ahead of similar charities in Afghanistan. He stated, “That’s why we have written to the Home Office – not only to highlight the fantastic work that The Linda Norgrove Foundation is doing but also to shine the light on the obstacles that other charities doing similar crucial work are facing.”
He also urged the UK government to support women who have their rights stripped away and make it easier for them to come to the UK to complete their education.