By: Suraya Raiszada
Dr. Nakamura had worked in the field of health and agriculture for nearly three decades. He was an example of humanity and servant for humanity.
Unfortunately, Dr. Nakamura, served for Afghanistan in various fields, was targeted and assassinated along with his five Afghan colleagues by unidentified individuals in Nangarhar and died later from gunfire wounds. His assassination has been followed by reactions from President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, UNAMA, civil society organizations, lower house of parliament and Afghan political parties.
Also, millions of Afghans have been saddened by the assassination of Dr. Nakamura as he had served Afghanistan for years.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a message has expressed his sadness over assassination of Dr. Tetsu Nakamara and his four Afghan colleagues in Nangarhar.
“With utmost grief and sorrow, the enemies of a prosperous and stable Afghanistan continued their callous acts of terror and criminality and murdered Dr. Nakamura and his colleagues,” President Ghani said, underlining that such acts of terror, barbarity and cruelty can never deter the determination of the Afghan people and their international partners to work for progress and prosperity in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, lower house of parliament has considered his assassination as political, saying that Nakamura was victim of Afghanistan water management. “The assassination of Dr. Nakamura was an unacceptable act and we want the government to seriously investigate the incident so that the people get to know who is behind his death,” said Mir Rahman Rahmani, speaker of Afghanistan parliament.
Representatives of Nangarhar people in parliament have stressed that works and services of Dr. Nakamura will never be forgotten as he’d left his country and was in Afghanistan to serve the people, asking the government to fully investigate the case.
A number of civil society activists have also praised Dr. Nakamura for his works and reacted to the assassination of Dr. Nakamura and said that Afghanistan lost one of its honest son and his works would be remembered for ever.
“Dr. Nakamura spent most years of his life in the service of Afghan miserable people and cooperated with hundreds of Afghans in the field of agriculture with no consideration to religion, tribe and cultural relations,” said Fahim Karim, a civil society activist.
He added that the people of Afghanistan knew him as a great figure and national of Afghanistan and his works and services would be remembered.
Nakamura’s killing shocked many Afghans and candlelight vigils were held throughout the country. Giant posters emblazoned with his picture still adorn parts of the capital.
Authorities in eastern Nangarhar province where the shooting occurred said they had received intelligence earlier that Nakamura may be targeted in an attack and had warned Nakamura to be particularly cautious. Nakamura was travelling with three guards when he was killed. His guards also died.
It is worth mentioning that the body of 73-year-old Japanese physician killed earlier this week in a roadside shooting in eastern Afghanistan arrived in Narita airport near Tokyo on Sunday.
Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was affectionately known as “Uncle Murad” by villagers in eastern Afghanistan, where he led the development of water and agricultural management projects since his arrival in Afghanistan in 2008.
Nakamura was gunned down along with five Afghans on Wednesday as they travelled to the Nangarhar provincial capital of Jalalabad. Nakamura’s wife Naoko and daughter Akiko had travelled to Afghanistan along with three of his colleagues, to accompany his body home to Japan. His coffin was draped in a white cloth and covered with flowers.