Attacks on Aid Workers / NGO's / Contractors

Photo: 2011 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that as allied air strikes began on Libya, it was calling on all warring parties to spare civilians and respect international humanitarian law. to International Aid and Relief and Rehabilitation Personnel Working in Conflict ZonesWith the recession and numerous conflicts affecting people globally, the world is sorely in need of humanitarian aid.  But as the number of aid workers operating across the globe has soared, with the figures doubling over the past decade to a record 290,000 people in 2008, so too have attacks against them. Dangerous ProfessionAccording to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, international aid work is a dangerous profession by any measure.  While the risk of death or serious injury is ever present for soldiers especially in areas tarnished by conflict, the consequence of the same…

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