Aid organization workers continue to be killed, injured or kidnapped in the world’s most dangerous humanitarian crises. In 2016, there were 150 attacks on aid workers in 20 countries affecting 238 workers of which 88 were killed. In 2017 there were 35 aid workers killed in 22 attacks through March.
According to the Yemen IPC NTWG, an estimated 17 million Yemenis, 60% of the population, are in crisis or worse (IPC phase 3 and 4) food insecurity due to ongoing conflict, restrictions on food and fuel imports, and high food prices. Access to ports is critical for commercial traders and humanitarian organizations, since Yemen is dependent on imports to meet basic food and fuel needs.
Ongoing conflict and insecurity in South Sudan has forced an estimated 3.5 million South Sudanese to be displaced. Close to 1.9 million are internally displaced, and there are over 1.6 million refugees and asylum-seekers in neighboring countries. Displacement has significantly increased in recent months—over half a million refugees have fled the country since July 1, 2016.