Humanitarian workers facing greater challenges
May 18, 2011
Deaths among humanitarian aid workers have tripled in the past 10 years, according to a new report from the Agence France Presse (AFP).
On average, about 100 aid workers are killed per year and 40 kidnappings have been recorded in the last 4 years.
For many, the goal of humanitarian work remains the same, despite the higher and more violent obstacles.
"The purpose of humanitarian work is to be impartial, neutral, independent and go after the needs - not serve an agenda, not the government not the opposition, not the guerrillas, not foreigners, not invaders, but the humanitarian needs of people," Jan Egeland, a former chief UN humanitarian coordinator and currently the director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, told the news source.
Recent kidnappings have involved teachers in the South Philippines, as well as journalists in Libya. Some of the budget cuts in the U.S. are also likely to affect foreign aid and humanitarian efforts abroad.