Statistics on the increasing number of attacks on humanitarian aid workers

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Number of incidents 63 63 74 107 123 165 155 130 152 170 264
Total aid worker victims 143 125 172 240 220 278 296 254 309 277 474
Total killed 87 56 53 87 88 128 109 72 86 70 155
Total injured 49 46 96 87 87 91 94 84 126 115 178
Total kidnapped* 7 23 23 66 45 59 93 98 97 92 141
International victims 27 24 15 26 34 51 75 46 29 49 57
National victims 116 101 157 214 186 227 221 208 280 228 417
UN staff 31 11 27 61 39 65 102 44 91 60 110
International NGO staff 69 69 112 110 132 157 129 148 141 86 136
LNGO and RCS staff 35 43 28 55 35 46 55 47 77 105 206
ICRC staff 8 1 3 10 4 5 9 10 5 3 14
Security risks in places like Syria and Iraq are so high that NGOs often have to operate remotely. That means the UN and other groups rely heavily on local humanitarian organizations to operate in conflict zones. The local aid workers are often the ones most at risk — not the Americans and Europeans who tend to capture the headlines when something goes wrong on a particular aid mission.
Key for organization type
  • UN: United Nations
  • INGO: International non-governmental organization
  • LNGO and NRCS: Local non-governmental organization or National Red Cross / Red Crescent Society
  • ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross
  • IFRC: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

[Source: aidworkersecurity.org]

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