Remembering Slain Aid Workers in Afghanistan

61-year-old Tom Little spent more than 30 years improving eye care in Afghanistan, wholly devoted to a land and its people reports CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod.

"He made his life in Afghanistan," says Little's wife, Libby. "There's where he was called for and that's where he will be buried."

Little was one of ten volunteers killed after shrugging off warnings about the danger of primitive northern provinces.

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"People's bodies were healed and services were provided to those who would not otherwise have necessary medical services," says David Evans, of the Loudonville Community Church in New York, who had worked with Little to deliver aid.

Thomas Grams was 51. He quit his dental practice in Colorado to give Afghan children their first toothbrushes.

"I think probably he personally saw maybe 20,000 kids through our clinics," says Kim Troggio of Global Dental Relief.

Dr. Karen Woo, 36, was British. She left a cushy job in London to work in Afghanistan though she planned to leave in a few weeks to get married.

"All she wanted to do was help and a lot of the time she would, you know, forget about herself," says her fiance, Paddy Smith.

Others killed included Brian Carderelli, a 25-year-old videographer from Va. who had been an Eagle Scout.

Dan Terry had lived in Afghanistan since 1980. He and his wife raised three daughters there.

Glen Lapp, a nurse from Penn., recently wrote his work was "treating people with respect and love."

Cheryl Beckett, 32, specialized in mother/child health care.

"This is a sad day, particularly for the relatives and friends of those killed," says Dirk Frans of International Assistance Mission. "We pray that they will find strength in their faith and in their communities to bear this unbelievable loss."

Though the trip was organized by a Christian charity, the International Assistance Mission says there was no religious agenda. That they were there to heal bodies-not change minds.

  • Jim Axelrod

    Jim Axelrod is the senior national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for "CBS This Morning," the "CBS Evening News," "CBS Sunday Morning," and other CBS News broadcasts.