Attacks on Aid Workers Hit Record in 2008

It's more dangerous to distribute aid than fight as a UN peacekeeper
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2009 2:33 PM CDT
Attacks on Aid Workers Hit Record in 2008
An UN peacekeeper pats an animal during a patroll at Al Salam refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan, March 21, 2009.   (AP Photo)

A shocking number of fatal attacks on international aid workers made 2008 the most dangerous year yet to perform such work, Reuters reports. Last year, 260 workers were attacked on the job, 122 fatally; the majority were working in Somalia, Darfur, or Afghanistan. The Center on International Cooperation’s study notes that it is currently more dangerous to be an aid worker than a member of a UN peacekeeping force. (Read more aid workers stories.)

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