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13 Jul 2015 description
infographic Humanitarian Outcomes

In 2014, 329 aid workers were victims of major attacks.

  • 120 killed

  • 88 wounded

  • 121 kidnapped

Aid Worker Security Incidents, 2004–14

In 2014, 190 major attacks against aid operations occurred, affecting 329 aid workers in 27 countries. This represents a decrease of roughly 30 per cent from last year’s all-time high. However, numbers of attacks remained higher than in previous years.

28 Oct 2013 description

Summary of key findings

  • In 2012, there were 167 incidents of major violence against aid workers in 19 countries.

  • These attacks resulted in 274 aid workers killed, kidnapped, or seriously wounded.

  • The number of victims relative to the estimated total number of aid workers (the attack rate) continued to rise.

  • Aid worker kidnappings have quadrupled over the past decade; since 2009, more aid workers have been victims of kidnapping than of any other form of attack.

19 Aug 2013 description
infographic Humanitarian Outcomes

This brief is a preview of findings from the forthcoming Aid Worker Security Report 2013, based on data from the Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD). The AWSD is a project of Humanitarian Outcomes, made possible by grants from the Canadian, Irish and US governments, and currently supported by a grant from USAID. It is available online at www.aidworkerssecurity.org

17 Dec 2012 description

Key findings

  • In 2011, 308 aid workers were killed, kidnapped or wounded – the highest number yet recorded. After declining in 2010, total incidents of violence against aid workers rose again, particularly kidnappings.

  • Most of these attacks continued to take place in a small number of countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Pakistan and Sudan.

01 Aug 2011 description

Key findings

  • The past two years show a downturn in violence against aid workers that spiked in a small number of conflict contexts beginning in 2006 and peaking in 2008.

  • The recent decline in attacks is mainly due to the shrinking presence of international aid agencies in the most violent settings, Somalia in particular, rather than improving security conditions.

  • The incidence of aid worker kidnappings continues to rise dramatically, and the use of major explosives has emerged as a tactic of violence in a small number of settings.