Alarming trend of increased violence against aid workers, says EU Commissioner

Alarming trend of increased violence against aid workers, says EU Commissioner

There is an alarming trend of increased violence against aid workers and violations of International Humanitarian Law said European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

In a statement on Wednesday on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, he said in “2014, over 300 aid workers were attacked, kidnapped or killed.”

Stylianides underlined that “saving lives should not cost lives. This is why on World Humanitarian Day we commemorate the brave women and men who died whilst in humanitarian service. Their selfless efforts are an inspiration to us all. Humanitarian crises are more devastating than ever before with an increase in the number of natural disasters and conflicts. The needs of victims are real and lives are in danger”.

Ongoing conflicts and insecurity, he added, “hamper the delivery of humanitarian aid. This prevents millions of people from receiving life-saving assistance. Unfortunately there`s an alarming trend of increased violence against aid workers and violations of International Humanitarian Law. In 2014, over 300 aid workers were attacked, kidnapped or killed.”

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