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The parents of Linda Norgrove, the Western Isles aid worker who was killed in Afghanistan, have spoken about their “emotionally draining” first trip to the conflict-ridden country.
Lorna and John Norgrove spoke with STV News after returning home from their pilgrimage and discussed the projects being funded by the charity set up in their daughter’s honour.
Linda Norgrove was killed aged 36 after being abducted by the Taliban in September 2010 while working for an international development organisation.
Mr and Mrs Norgrove said education and health programmes for women and children were being supported by grants from the Linda Norgrove Foundation.
Mr Norgrove said: “We try with our charity to give small grants for small projects where we can be sure that the money’s going to the poorest people and where the overheads aren’t high. We can monitor actually what happens when we give small grants far more easily than when it’s a big programme.”
Mrs Norgrove added: “I’m pretty sure that she would have approved of what we’re trying to do. She was very committed to helping women and children in Afghanistan, very committed to the education of girls in particular, and health of women and children, so yes, I think she would have approved.”
During their visit, they met with their daughter’s former colleagues. Mr Norgrove added: “It wasn’t only emotional for us, it was emotional for Linda’s friends and colleagues out there, but emotion sometimes is something you just have to confront and go through with.”
The Linda Norgrove Foundation continues the work of a courageous woman who committed her life to empowering women and children in one of the most dangerous countries in the world.