In 2013 there were a record 251 attacks on civilian aid workers worldwide, according to the latest edition of the Aid Worker Security Report. These attacks involved 460 victims, of whom 155 were killed, 171 were seriously wounded, and 134 were kidnapped. The victim toll represented an increase of 66 percent over 2012.
Although attacks took place in 30 countries, three-quarters of the attacks occurred in Syria, South Sudan, Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which with 81 recorded attacks was nearly twice as dangerous as Syria, next on the list with 43.
Unsurprisingly, the large majority of victims were nationals of the countries in which the attacks took place, reflecting that the large majority of aid and development work is provided by local organizations, or carried out by national staff employed by international organizations.
Earlier this year we offered advice from security professionals on taking care of yourself in the field (and anywhere, really). That post is here, in case you missed it.