UN denounces murder of 140 aid workers in 2021

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It is the highest number since 2013, adding 203 injured and 117 kidnapped. Most deaths occurred in Syria

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that 140 aid workers were killed in armed attacks around the world in 2021, the deadliest year since 2013, adding another 203 injured and 117 kidnapped.

OCHA also denounced a further 44 aid workers who have died in 168 attacks since the beginning of this year, an example of the dangers humanitarian workers face at a time when the needs of the world’s most vulnerable populations are approaching a level of seriousness “until now.” never seen” .

The OCHA report lists gunshots as the leading cause of death, followed by airstrikes and bombings, most in Syria. All but two of the deceased workers were citizens of the country where they were working at the time of their murder.

This document came to light just days before the August 19 commemoration of World Humanitarian Aid Day, which marks the anniversary of the catastrophic attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad in 2003, which killed 22 humanitarian workers. United Nations Special Representative in Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello.

The attack, carried out by the terrorist organization of the Group of Monotheism and Jihad, targeted the headquarters of the UN mission in Iraq, which had emerged just five days before the attack.

“Humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented heights and humanitarian workers are working in increasingly dangerous environments,” said Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs.

“As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to all humanitarian workers who often work in dangerous conditions to help others in need, and we remember those who lost their lives in their work,” he added.

Source: La Verdad

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