Aid Worker Security Report 2018 - The numbers tell the story
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
In 2017, 139 aid workers were killed while doing their jobs, with 30% increase in fatalities from 2016, reflecting a heightened lethality in the style of attacks.By Adele Harmer, Partner at Humanitarian Outcomes
As we approach World Humanitarian Day, the latest numbers from the 2018 Aid Worker Security Report find us in a familiar place. The emphasis changes slightly year on year, but the overall picture for attacks on aid workers remains persistently, and unacceptably, high.
In 2017, 139 aid workers were killed while doing their jobs. Another 174 aid workers were kidnapped or injured in serious attacks. This fits an ongoing pattern: over the past decade, close to 300 aid workers have been affected by serious violence every year. In 2017 we saw a 30 per cent increase in fatalities from 2016, reflecting a heightened lethality in the style of attacks. National staff and organizations take the brunt of the attacks each year, but that share grew even larger.
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