World Humanitarian Day: 2020 and the war-like situation for aid workers

Edited By: Palki Sharma WION
New Delhi, India Published: Aug 19, 2020, 09:11 PM(IST)

Workers of the Team Pankaj aid group pack boxes with food donations to be distributed for people in need in the capital's poorest neighbourhoods, in Nairobi, Kenya, April 14, 2020. Picture taken April 14, 2020 Photograph:( Reuters )

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2020 has forced humanitarian workers into a war-like situation

In 2019, the number of attacks against aid workers surpassed all previous records. 277 separate incidents took place around the world.

483 relief workers were attacked. An additional 125 were killed, 234 wounded and 124 kidnapped, inducting an 18 per cent increase in the number of victims compared to 2018.

Aid workers not only provide food and medicine to people in need around the world, but also perform their duties in environments not conducive for work.

Each year, the United Nations marks August 19 in their honour. It's called the World Humanitarian Day.

Also read: A record number of aid workers were murdered in 2019 across the globe

2020 has forced humanitarian workers into a war-like situation. The pandemic continues to rage, and conflict areas are not cooling down.

Red Cross has reported more than 600 attacks on health workers during the pandemic. There were reported mostly in Syria followed by South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, and the Central African Republic, which are all facing political and economic crisis with armed groups locked in a civil war.

The militants attack aid convoys to exercise control over the local population, by deciding who gets what. They also capture vehicles, relief material, and cash. Additionally, they also hold aid workers to ransom.

In the recent weeks, aid workers have been killed in Niger and Cameroon. Over the last decade, 100 aid workers have been killed every year.

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