Tetsu Nakamura was born on September 15, 1946, and from Japan. He was a Japanese medical doctor who devoted his career to improving the lives of Afghans has died, after being injured in an attack in eastern Afghanistan.
On December 4, 2019, he passed away after an attack that also killed five Afghans, including the doctor’s bodyguards, the driver, and a passenger. Gunmen shot Tetsu Nakamura, 73, while he was traveling in a car to monitor a project, officials say.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was “shocked” by the death of Dr. Nakamura while the US embassy in Kabul condemned the shooting, saying “aid workers are not targets”. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed its “revulsion” over the killing.
“UN in #Afghanistan condemns and expresses its revulsion at the killing today of respected Japanese aid worker Dr. Tetsu Nakamura in #Jalalabad. A senseless act of violence against a man who dedicated much of his life to helping most vulnerable Afghans #NotATarget.”
Hundreds of Afghans posted photographs of Nakamura on their social media pages, condemning the killing and underscoring the esteem in which he was held.
Nakamura had headed Peace Medical Services, a Japanese charity based in Nangarhar, since 2008. He came to Afghanistan after a Japanese colleague, Kazuya Ito, was abducted and killed.
Recently, he had been granted honorary Afghan citizenship for his decades of humanitarian work in the country. In April, the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, granted Nakamura honorary citizenship of Afghanistan. Since 1984, he had worked in the region and initially providing aid in Peshawar, in north-west Pakistan, before opening a clinic in Afghanistan in 1991.
Locals credited Nakamura with transforming vast areas of the desert into fertile farming land. He said on a Japanese public broadcast show that he found inspiration in the teachings of ancient Buddhist philosophy. As of 2016, Nakamura had built or restored 8 additional canals, irrigating 16.000 hectares and supporting the livelihood of 600.000 people in the Gamberi Desert region.
How old was Tetsu Nakamura? He was born on September 15, 1946, and from Japan and he was 73 years old as of 2019. Mitsuji Fukumoto, an official with Nakamura’s organization, told reporters in Tokyo that the motive for the attack was unclear.