2006: A Violent Year for Aid Workers

This is sort of a follow-up on a previous post of mine, “International aid work a deadly profession“. From Reuters’ AlertNet:

Violence against aid workers reached its highest level in a decade in 2006, as conflict escalated in Sudan’s western Darfur region, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, new figures show.

There were 90 major incidents in 2006, compared with 72 in 2005 and 66 in 2004, according to New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) and Britain’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which have measured violence directed at aid operations since 1997.

[…]Over the year, 83 aid workers were killed – the highest number since 2003 – 78 were wounded and 52 kidnapped. Afghanistan had the greatest number of aid worker deaths at 26, followed by Sri Lanka with 23 and Sudan with 15.

With what’s going on in the Middle East, folks would think that Iraq accounts for a large share of attacks, but this is incorrect:

Sudan accounted for over 40 percent of major attacks in 2006. Recent weeks have seen a spate of raids on aid agency compounds and vehicles in Darfur, where conflict has uprooted some 2.5 million people.

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