CEO Statement Regarding Shooting at CURE International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan

Dr. Jerry Umanos

Dr. Jerry Umanos

It is with deep sadness that I write today, mourning the loss of three lives that were taken by force at the CURE International Hospital compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.

One of these men, Dr. Jerry Umanos, had faithfully served the Afghan people as a pediatrician at the hospital for more than seven years, caring for the most vulnerable members of society — children and premature infants — and helping them survive the harsh realities of childbirth in Afghanistan. We may never know the number of future doctors, teachers, or law enforcement officers who were given the chance to live full and healthy lives because of the work of the CURE International Hospital staff and the service and sacrifice of Jerry and his family.

I knew Jerry personally and can testify to the excellence with which he served and trained Afghan doctors and nurses in the highest quality medical practices. My heart is deeply grieved for his wife and family, as well as the families of the other men killed, who were not employees of CURE International but guests of our hospital. One other guest also sustained a non-life-threatening injury.

The shooter was not an employee of CURE International, but rather a member of the Afghan police detail assigned to protect the hospital. The assailant shot himself after the attack and was taken into surgery by Jerry’s colleagues at the hospital before being transferred out of our facility into the custody of the government of Afghanistan. We don’t yet know the motivation of the assailant and are still working very closely with the Afghan authorities to learn all the details surrounding this tragic incident.

I want to emphasize that CURE International remains committed to loving and serving the people of Afghanistan. We are also deeply committed to protecting the health and welfare of our patients and staff. This is the first fatal incident at our facilities in Afghanistan since coming to the country in 2002, and today’s tragedy reinforces our need for vigilance.

Since 1996, CURE International has been serving children and families in desperate need of surgical care with the highest quality medical techniques, restoring bodies that were broken and bearing witness to the transformation of lives and families throughout the world. We do this not because it is what Jesus would do, but because it is what He did; and so we cannot help but see these needs, know that there is a cure, and meet hurting people where they are. That is what Jerry did and that is what we are called to do for children and families around the world.

Please pray with the 1,600 CURE employees worldwide that God would comfort the families of these victims as well as all those affected by this tragedy and give them a peace that truly defies human understanding.

Walking in love,

Dale Brantner
President & CEO
CURE International

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Since 2012, Dale has served as the President and CEO of CURE. He previously spent six years as the Senior Vice President of Spiritual Ministry and Development at CURE. Dale has spent time as a college president, pastor, missionary, professor of Old Testament, and shepherd. When not traveling, Dale lives in Lewisberry, PA, with his wife Dianne, and their children Jordan, Shirah, and Taliah.

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17 Comments:

irma carvalho

Mesmo distancia tenho sempre noticias do Afganistão, sou enfermeira e me dedico a trabalho com crianças carentes aqui no Brasil, com o coração em pedaços fiquei ao saber deste lamentavel incidente onde vidas de quem dava vida foi brutalmente ceifada. Que o senhor Deus dê o conforto aos amigos e familiares.

bettinasmith143

My sincerely sympathy to Dr. Jerry’s family, my heart was saddened when I read this news about the shooting at CURE. I had read some article that he is a kind and humble doctor and teacher too. Sending my prayer to Dr. Jerry’s family, CURE family and also to the other victims.

Angèle

With you in the prayer. That the peace of the Eternal and the consolation of the Holy Spirit surround you.

Tim

read about this man in the new york times and his devotion to helping those in need. I offer my prayers to help carry on his faith in healing the little babies and training of doctors. I pray that there are others of his rank to continue serving in His name.

Mary Anne Miller Rodrigues

My prayers are with Jerry’s family, the CURE staff,and the patients in Afghanistan. As you continue you minister to the physical needs of God’s children, may His word go forth and take root in their hearts. Be encouraged.

I knew Dr Jerry for more then 5 years. He joined Cure Hospital when I was family medicine resident. He was a humble teacher, a kind doctor and a passionate colleague. He cared for many sick children and neonates and I can remember he would always do something to make them smile. I am shocked by his loss, his memories will always remain.

Janelle Gustafson

Jerry was a good friend and will be greatly missed. He was a true follower of Christ, not just a fan. I know good will come out of this in the end, but right now my heart is broken, not just for me, but especially for his family, all the people who knew and loved him, and all the people he will not be able to help in Afghanistan, Chicago and around the world!

Mphangera

May the Almighty God who gives comfort and peace beyond our human nature see you through during this difficult moment.Cure Malawi will be praying for you.

Ahed Torbey - Oasis Hospital

Hello Dale,

Here at Oasis Hospital, we feel the pain that Cure International is going through these days, and we pray that God will bring peace to the families who had lost their beloved ones and to our Hospital in Afghanistan.

May God be with you.

Ahed

Linda Dunlap

My heart was saddened when I heard the news this morning of the shooting at Cure Afghanistan. I shared this with our Bible Study and prayed for the families of the victims and the staff. You will be in our thoughts and prayers for your safety and the impact that this will have on the loss of fine Doctors and friends.

Laura Klinger

Dale,

Please know that my prayers and heart have been and will continue to be with all who serve our amazing God through CURE’s ministry. It was a privilege to be a part of His work at CURE. Sending much love to the entire staff and will stand steadfast in prayer for all who have been affected by this senselessness.

Gene Chase

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Ashe Michael

When CURE accepts the challenges of going into places like Afghanistan, it is with the knowledge and acceptance that we might have to pay the highest sacrifice we can give, our life, so that others might live. Dr. Jerry paid the price with his life so that hundreds of children could live because of his care.

We pray for Jerry and his loved ones, the other victims and the whole CURE family, and we are grateful for your leadership and decision, Dale, that CURE will remain and continue to serve the people of Afghanistan. When CURE decided to move into Afghanistan, it was at a time when there were very few operational humanitarian organizations, and today, the need to remain serving the people of Afghanistan is a response knowing that the price to be paid is relatively much higher.

May God bless the staff and work of CURE.
Ashe and Carol Michael

So sorry to hear about the shooting at Cure Afghanistan. Praying for the hospital staff and families of the victims and the organization as a whole.

Willy Kemmer

“Father forgive them. They don’t know what they do.” Rest in Peace Dr.Jerry also his both nameless. Mourning with their families.

Mark H.

Know that there are many around the world today beyond the CURE family whose hearts are heavy for you all. We pray that God would indeed comfort everyone who has been impacted, particularly Dr. Umanos’ family.

May peace be with you all as you both grieve his death and celebrate his life.

Bethann Miller

Dale,
If your staff need any trauma care. We would be pleased to talk with you.

God’s presence in your loss and time of processing and grief.

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