“I’m really very worried now because our girls go to the field. Our work is in the villages,” Bibi said.
She said many of the female employees of such organizations are already under pressure from family and a culture that frowns on women working outside the home and mixing with men.
“On top of that, they’re shot dead,” she said.
In some areas like the northwest, aid groups have had to work to overcome community fears that they are promoting a foreign agenda at odds with local traditions and values. However, many residents in Swabi said the school and medical center provided a vital service to the community, and they mourned those who were killed.
The NGO director said all projects will be suspended as security measures are reviewed, but he vowed that they would resume their work soon.