Since the beginning of the year, 168 UN Aid workers have been attacked, resulting in 44 deaths, according to “Humanitarian Outcomes”. “Humanitarian needs have never been higher and aid workers are engaging in increasingly dangerous environments, “Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Secretary-General, said in a statement. United Nations Deputy for Humanitarian Affairs.
Last year, more than 460 aid workers were victims of attacks, added the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). According to data, more than 140 aid workers were killed in these attacks.
“This is the highest number since 2013,” OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke told a regular UN press briefing in Geneva.
“The most violent countries for aid workers remain South Sudan, followed by Afghanistan and Syria,” Laerke added. Most of the more than 140 fatalities in 2021 were killed by small arms in shooting incidents.
According to the UN, the second cause of death remains airstrikes and bombardments, most of them in Syria. “As we mark World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to all aid workers who often work in dangerous conditions to help those in need, and commemorate those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. their duties,” noted Mr. Griffiths.