An accomplished development professional, Linda Norgrove had worked across Uganda, Mexico, Peru and Laos to help improve the lives of the poor. But her most recent project in Afghanistan turned out to be her last.
Norgrove, who was employed by U.S. development contractor DAI early this year to help implement a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project in the Islamic nation, was abducted last month while en route to Kunar province to attend a ceremony marking the completion of a project she had overseen.
She was killed while being rescued by U.S. special forces over the weekend. Authorities have yet to identify whether Norgrove died in the hands of her Taliban captors or was fatally wounded by a detonated U.S. grenade.
A native of Scotland, Norgrove managed the World Wildlife Fund’s forest program in Peru from 2002 to 2005. Until 2008, she worked on United Nations projects in Afghanistan. She served with the U.N. Environment Program through 2009. In 2010, she went back to Afghanistan to work on a USAID project.
“Linda loved Afghanistan and cared deeply for its people, and she was deeply committed to her development mission. She was an inspiration to many of us here at DAI and she will be deeply missed,” DAI President and CEO James Boomgard said in a statement.