Dr Tom Little receives US Presidential award
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On 17 November 2010 President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. These included Dr Tom Little, one of the ten people who lost their lives in August 2010 while working for CBM partner IAM in Afghanistan.
The USA's highest civilian honour
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the United States' highest civilian honour. Previous recipients include six former US Presidents, former Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking and Rosa Parks.
The award will be presented at a White House ceremony in early 2011.
In a news release IAM states:
"...we are very appreciative that the hard work and sacrifice of the Nuristan Eye Camp team has been recognised by so many. We would also like to remember the work of all those who died, particularly Dan Terry who was a very good friend of Tom and had also lived, worked, and raised his family here (in Afghanistan) for over 30 years. While we are delighted that the work of NOOR and Dr Tom Little has been commended, many here still mourn the loss of so many family members and good friends."
While all those in humanitarian circles, including CBM, continue to mourn this senseless loss, it is good to know that the efforts of Dr. Tom Little and his colleague - who worked tirelessly to serve those in need in Afghanistan - are being remembered.