B.C. mother whose son died in Afghanistan says Canada wants to assist its residents | Globalnews.ca

2021-08-21 01:39:46

It has been simply over 15 years since Maureen Eykelenboom’s son, Andrew, was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom was a Canadian Armed Forces medic and was on a seven-month tour when he was killed.

Now, all these years later, Eykelenboom says she is seeing photographs on TV of Afghan residents scared and working for his or her lives because the Taliban takes over the nation.

“It’s extraordinarily unhappy. It’s extraordinarily unhappy for these folks. Our little kids went to win the minds and hearts of individuals. And to know that we weren’t capable of maintain it, to maintain that betterment observe, if you’ll, may be very unhappy,” Eykelenboom stated.

“The world is merciless. We reside in Canada, even in COVID we reside in an unreal state of affairs in comparison with many international locations on this world.”

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Since her son’s loss of life, Eykelenboom has based Boomer’s Legacy, which gives deployed Canadian Armed Forces troopers, sailors, aviators and airwomen charitable funds in order that they’ll then assist others.

She stated watching the information clips of Afghan residents and seeing younger folks, she wonders if one in all them was as soon as a baby her son was attempting to assist.

“Now we have a fame of being variety on this world, let’s preserve it. And of being giving. We have to preserve that fame and we have to do what is true,” she stated.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan stated Wednesday two Canadian army plane are set to renew “flying repeatedly” into Kabul as a part of the worldwide effort to evacuate civilians and residents fleeing the Taliban takeover.

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World Information has confirmed the event comes after Canada and the U.S. reached a deal to permit Canadian plane to start flying into and out of Kabul.

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“I consider that every one the international locations that went to assist must proceed or else, disgrace on us,” Eykelenboom stated.

“Honour their dedication. Do what’s proper. That’s my name, it’s not rocket science.”

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