Attacks on Aid Workers Increased in 2011, Reversing Two Year Decline

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September 3, 2012

The number of major attacks against aid workers rose again in 2011, according to Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD), which has been tracking major incidents of violence against aid workers since 1997.  Its latest report, Inhospitable Conditions: How Host Governments Help Make or Break Humanitarian Operational Security, says the protection of aid workers is integral to ensuring reliable and effective assistance for the 60 million people who need humanitarian assistance world-wide.

With more than 800 humanitarians killed during the last decade, the threat faced by the men and women working to support communities hit by natural and man-made disasters is on the rise. In fact, 2011 saw the third highest number of aid worker incidents since 1997, with 151 recorded incidents including deaths, kidnappings and injuries. As in years past, the three most dangerous countries in which to operate were Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia.
 
In several countries, conflict and insecurity also prevent aid workers from safely reaching those who are the most vulnerable. Lack of safe access to vulnerable populations is a major obstacle to humanitarian organizations carrying out life-saving work.
 
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