How much is an Afghan life worth? Judging from what the United States has offered victims of its targeted air raid on a Kunduz hospital, which reduced the building to ashes and still hasn’t been fully explained: $6,000.
Relatives of victims of the attack revealed details of the Pentagon’s compensation package to the Associated Press, the latest epilogue to the Oct. 3 bombing at a Doctors Without Borders hospital that killed 42 Afghans. The clinic employed mostly local staff. Those wounded will receive $3,000.
Guilhem Molinie, a spokesman for the organization, known by its French acronym MSF, in Afghanistan, it called the amount “ridiculous” and referred to the payments as “sorry money.” For many of the families, their dead loved ones were their only source of wages.
The Land of Endless War is still trying to negotiate a meeting between the government and the Taliban, but on Saturday two attacks by guerrillas (one in Kabul and the other in eastern Kunar Province) killed at least 20 people, mostly civilians. The attacks make the negotiations — brokered by a “quadrilateral” commission of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China — even more uphill.