Is really possible to set a better protection for the aid workers?

Is really possible to set a better protection for the aid workers?

IRIN News, the global news magazine about humanitarian operations, publish an interesting article during the World Humanitarian Day, talking about the aggression and killing of aid worker all around the world. A problem that grow in the past 10 years more rapidly than every solution that ONG could apply.

Around 7am on an August morning in 2006, the doors of Action Against Hunger’s compound in Sri Lanka swung open. Startled, the 17 aid workers were lined up against a wall. If they protested that they were providing assistance to all sides, regardless of politics, it made no difference. One by one, all 17 were executed: shot in the head. Many were still wearing t-shirts embroidered with the ACF logo.

Across the globe, attacks on aid workers are a major problem. In 2004, there were 63 attacks affecting 125 people. By last year, those numbers had nearly trebled to 190 and 329, according to the Aid Workers Security Database.

See IRIN’s interactive map of attacks

Prosecutions of those responsible are few and far between. No official statistics exist, but all the experts IRIN spoke to agreed that the number of investigations into aid worker attacks that result in conviction is negligible.

The murderers of those 17 Action Against Hunger (ACF) staff have never seen their day in court. A number of reports have implicated government security forces, but an official inquiry remains open.

“There is a culture of immunity,” said Pauline Chetcuti, humanitarian advocacy advisor at ACF. CONTINUE…

About The Author

Emergency Live

Emergency Live is the only multilingual magazine dedicated to people involved in rescue and emergency. As such, it is the ideal medium in terms of speed and cost for trading companies to reach large numbers of target users; for example, all companies involved in some way in the equipping of specialised means of transport. From vehicle manufacturers to companies involved in equipping those vehicles, to any supplier of life- saving and rescue equipment and aids.

Related posts