MSF: US ‘Sorry Money’ Payments to Slain in Hospital Attack Not Enough

US Payments Not Compensation for Lost Lives

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has issued a statement in Afghanistan criticizing the US for its “sorry money” payments to the victims of American attacks on an MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan late last year, saying the payments were ridiculous and not compensatory for the loss of lives.

The US had previously had a precedent of paying $50,000 “blood money” each when US forced killed Afghan civilians during the occupation, but the victims of the MSF attack were given $6,000 and told it was a “condolence payment,” not the typical blood money. The Pentagon has also suggested some sort of compensation for all the employees at the hospital, whether they were wounded or not.

For some reason, Pentagon officials are keen to make a distinction between their previous “blood money” payments and those for the MSF hospital, which they insist are smaller because they’re just meant to help cover funeral costs, not as a formal blood money compensation.

The US has struggled to explain the attack on the hospital, offering several conflicting excuses on how the strike happened, and finally settling on the idea that it was a “mistake” that shouldn’t have happened. President Obama has blocked MSF calls for an international investigation.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of