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Michael O’Neill, the Chair of INSSA’s Board of Directors, welcomed the launch of the recent report from Humanitarian Outcomes, noting the importance of the report in continuing to highlight the threats facing aid workers in the delivery of humanitarian and development assistance to at risk populations around the world.

In addition to the usual analysis of the pattern of attacks against aid worker, this year’s report focuses on the pattern of sexual violence and how the risks facing female and male aid workers differs in programme contexts.

The report covers the data on the Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) up to the end of 2018, and among its key findings are the following:

Reversing the recent trend of modest declines in the incidence of attacks, 2018 was the second worst year on record (after 2013) for aid worker security, with 399 aid workers affected by major violence in 221 separate attacks. Among those attacked, 26 aid workers were killed, 143 wounded, and 130 kidnapped.