Bishop urges increased military funding for Afghan war
The Bishop of Menevia, Rt Rev Tom Burns has questioned the Government over the level of military spending in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Speaking at the funeral of Royal Welsh soldier Fusilier, Jonathan Burgess from Swansea, Bishop Burns publicly asked the country’s politicians and civil servants: “When will Afghan institutions rise out of the dust to take responsibility for their own affairs?”
He followed the question by asking, “When will there be a surge in funding to achieve this and for ongoing military vehicles, more and better helicopters and better intelligence – all of which are so badly needed?”
Bishop Burns said that if this were done it might mean fewer lives would be sacrificed in the future.
Twenty-year-old Fusilier Burgess from 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh died from gunshot wounds while on patrol in Helmand province on 7 April.
He was engaged to be married and the couple were expecting a baby girl.
He is also survived by his father, mother, two sisters and three brothers.
Bishop Burns was appointed Bishop of the British Forces in 2002 and his involvement with the military goes back 25 years.
He has worked on the frontline in Iraq, as well as being a Royal Navy chaplain.