CURE Afghanistan Site of Shooting this Morning

We are grieved to confirm, as has already widely been reported, the CURE Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, was the site of a shooting this morning. Three individuals, including a doctor who served at the hospital, were killed, and two others were injured. The shooter, who was not an employee of CURE, has been identified as a member of the security detail assigned to the hospital. He shot himself after the attack. He was initially treated at the CURE Hospital and has now been transferred out of our facility into the custody of the government of Afghanistan. No patients or other staff members were injured.

CURE International has been serving the Afghan people since 2002 and began operating the hospital in Kabul in 2005 at the invitation of the government of Afghanistan. The hospital is focused on maternity and pediatric care and serves 37,000 patients a year.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing and we are working closely with authorities. CURE International remains committed to serving the Afghan people.

Please join us in praying for the families of the victims and those affected by the shooting as well as the ongoing peace of Afghanistan. Dale Brantner, President and CEO of CURE International, is travelling internationally and will release a formal statement after 3 PM EDT.

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Rick Manning

What am I to take away from the life and death of Jerry Umanos? The question has been on my mind. Today, the Lord provided a least one answer. I suspect more will follow. For more than 7 years, I have had the pleasure of knowing Jerry in many circumstances outside of our time together at the bedside treating patients or in the conference room teaching young Afghan doctors. In fact, my best memories are of the times we spent together around the table in the guesthouse in Corte Se. Even though I lived in Corte Char, I tried to get over to Corte Se at least once per week just for dinner. When Jerry was in country, I did this more often and for good reason. Now unless you think I mean to get very spiritual here, I will confess that quite simply, the reason I enjoyed eating dinner in Corte Se is because when I ate it there, the food always tasted better. “You know Jerry,” I would say, “For some reason, whenever I eat my dinner here, even though it is the same meal as the one which would have been sent to me at Corte Char, it always taste so much better here. Is it because you heat it up better or is it the company?” And every time, Jerry would respond, “You know Rick, I hate to break it to you, but we always take out the best portions for ourselves and give you guys in Corte Char what remains. That is why it tastes so much better here.” And then his face would break into that big grin which was his alone and he would start laughing. Those who have had the privilege of sitting around a dinner table with Jerry on a regular basis know that Jerry loved to tell stories, and they know that he told them well. Part of his story telling ability may have been related to how much he practiced telling stories, even the same ones, over, and over, and over again. Funny thing was, when Jerry told you a story for a third or fourth time, he left you convinced that he thought it was the first time he was telling it to you. And in truth, because of some new funny detail, it may have been a first for that particular version. Jerry loved getting to know people and had a knack for remembering details. In truth, I learned more about many of our visitors from Jerry’s stories after they had left than from my time working with them at the hospital. Jerry made time to learn the details about people and this made anyone who knew him know that he cared about them. In fact, Jerry and Jan made that Corte Se guesthouse feel like home for almost three years together, and when Jan wasn’t there with him, Jerry made it feel like home anyway. Yes, Jerry had the gift of hospitality in a way that could rival even the Afghans, who as we all know take particular pride in this attribute. Then there were his homemade pizzas. Nearly every Friday, Jerry would call and invite me over for homemade pizza. He never asked me to help. He never asked me to bring anything. In fact, the only thing he ever asked me to bring to the guesthouse, other than myself was a bit of codeine for his aching tooth, which I failed to do. And so with a smile while telling that story again and again, he would chuckle and ask how it was that I brought a few aspirins instead of codeine. Indeed, Jerry had the gift of hospitality. He never ate for the sake of eating. Rather, he ate for the sake of getting to know and love people. And in this, Jerry reminds me very much of our Lord. For our Lord, sharing meals is always a cause for celebration. The Lord started revealing this to me today at Mass and especially during the Lord’s Prayer. How many times had Jerry and I said that prayer together? I am not sure, but I know we did so together again today. As we said the prayer, I closed my eyes and instead of folding my hands in front of me, held them out to my sides. On my right, I was holding the hand of Dan Terry who was holding the hand of Tom Little who was holding the hand of other Christians who have spilled their blood in Afghanistan. Standing on my left was Jerry. As I stood there between these two great men of God before the Lord’s throne, tears of joy filled my eyes, for while the priest had earlier given thanks to the Lord for Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII who were canonized today, I quietly gave my thanks for Saint Dan and Saint Jerry. A bit later, as the congregation prayed, “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace,” I recalled how often I had heard Jerry pray to the Lord and again tears of joy filled my eyes as I pictured him with us at that moment praising The Lamb who forgives sins. And when we all knelt and repeated, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed,” it was more than a few tears that filled my eyes as I envisioned for the first time, Jerry in heaven with Jesus and Dan and Tom and many others around the throne of God looking down on us and rejoicing with us at the victory that they now see is ours. “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” After receiving communion, I knew what I had to do and so instead of remaining for the last hymn, even as the host was still on my tongue, I literally ran to my car in the parking lot and drove as fast as I could to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg so as to arrive in time for the worship service there and sat down next to my wife. There, I had the opportunity to hear Mike Wolcott preach about waiting on the Lord with a focus on how the disciples were instructed by Jesus to go to Jerusalem and to wait for the Holy Spirit. And that got me thinking of how so many of us have started awaiting a new event, that is the day when we will be joined with Jerry and so many others who have gone before us and when we will be sitting around the throne of God celebrating The Wedding Feast of the Lamb. For now and until that day, I will continue to join Jerry and the others in faith, like I did today both in Mass and whenever and wherever I find myself among others who are praising the Lord Jesus Christ, as together we say, Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.”

Kim Odundo

What a shock. God’s blessing on Jerry’s family and all Cure now and in the future days.

Sharon Gibbons

Such a tragedy. My dear friend works for CURE.
Lord Jesus bring Your presence into this situation. We mourn with those who mourn.

Peter Ndungu

My prayer is that God may comfort the affected family members and Cure members at large. Please let us not loose hope of doing God’s work for the bible tel us in 1 Peter 1:6 ” In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trial” in order to prove our faith in God.

Neil Hegle

My fondest memory with Jerry was when we had an unannounced visit by Ms. Firestone. Jerry and I were the only expats there. When I heard from her security that she was at the gate I said: “Ms. Firestone…as in tires!?” to which the detail replied “uh yes.” I went down to Jerry and said that Ms. Firestone was here and would need a tour, to which Jerry replied “Ms. Firestone…as in tires!?” Needless to say it was a comical day and we both had a good laugh. My heartfelt condolences to the Umanos family and God’s speed my friend…Neil


Praying for all of your and especially the families of those who died today in Afghanistan. Asking God for comfort and strength for all affected.

Arthur Aseka

My prayers are with the CURE family at this time of grief. Through this tragedy, may the Lord embolden the commitment of CURE leadership and staff in continuous service.

Cindy Rutz

Our family is saddened by this tragic event and are praying for those grief stricken today. Thank you for sharing the light of Christ even in this difficult time.

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

Ben Hoogendoorn

Our thoughts and prayers will be with the CURE community as you deal with this tragedy. I pray for protection and courage for all serving in CURE hospitals and that this senseless act will not deter anyone from answering the call to serve in His Kingdom work.

Melissa W Lemoyne PA

I’ve been neighbors to this company for 9 years we are very sadden by the news today, our thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and co workers.

Lemoyne citizens are grieving with you and the families. If you need anything from the Borough, please let us know. God Bless.

Jonathan Williams

What a tragedy. My prayers go out to all affected. I will be in working with CURE in Uganda this summer, it’s such an honor to be able to take part in this organization.

Our hearts are with you all during this time…we pray that the Lord will be glorified through this situation. The Lord is good!

J W Fox

Dale, praying that God will strengthen your leadership during this ordeal.

Jacqui and Eric Sinclair

Very much saddened to hear this news. Our hearts go out to all involved.


My thoughts and prayers are with the CURE community in light of this tragedy. I pray for protection and courage for all serving in CURE hospitals throughout the world.

Mir Ali Sadat

Dear Dr. Jerry’s Family and Cure Staff,
I have no words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear about this shocking news about Dr. Jerry’s murder along with other two visiting doctors today at Cure Hospital Kabul. My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this horrible time. My condolences.

Cathy T

So heartbroken for these dear servants of God who lost their lives, as well as for you folks at Cure, and the friends, families and colleagues of those who were so senselessly killed. They are with the King, but what a dear price has been paid. May God bless and comfort you all.

Kimberly johnston

Praying God’ s loving hands upon each of the families. Our hearts are heavy laden for each of you……In His love, Kim and Jesse

Doug Lindberg

Praying for all involved. What a difficult tragedy. God’s peace, wisdom, and blessings…

K. Schultz

Such a tragedy. My prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Rebekah Johnsen

We are so saddened to hear this news today. We are praying for the families of the victims as well as the staff at CURE Afghanistan. Mt husband and I traveled to the CURE hospital in Zambia this year and have truly fallen in love with CURE and it’s work around the world. We will continue to pray that our Savior be glorified in the midst of this horrific tragedy. May the staff in Afghanistan be encouraged as your spiritual family around the world is standing to support you and thank you for your courage! God bless!
Rob and Bekah Johnsen

peg pearson

My heart is heavy and sad at this news. My prayers for those affected by this situation

Kuester Family Richmond, VA

We woke up to this sad news. Our hearts are deeply grieved. We are praying for the families of the victims and the people of Afghanistan especially this day.


praying for all involved. God’s mercy and grace will endure.


You are all in my prayers. May the Peace Of God guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Bruce Steffes, MD

Those of us who work in the developing world realize the price that sometimes must be paid to follow Christ’s call on our lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family members and coworkers.

Charlotte Clive

My prayers go out to family, friends and Cure assosciates on the tragic deaths occuring in Kabul. My God surround them with His comfort.

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