Attacks escalating against aid workers

CAR targetFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – AT least 18 humanitarian workers have been killed worldwide, mostly in the Central African Republic (CAR), this year.
It emerged persistent conflict and violence targeting aid workers and civilians in West and Central Africa make these regions the world’s most volatile areas for humanitarian action.
This year, crises across the region recorded more than half of all violent incidents against aid workers in the world: 194 occurred in the CAR, 116 in Mali, 76 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and 19 in Nigeria.
Noel Tsekouras, West and Central Africa Regional Representative for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said the deteriorating trend in countries like CAR, the DRC and Mali was extremely worrying.
“Our staff and volunteers too often risk their own lives when coming to the relief of civilians trapped in conflict,” he said.
Tsekouras called all parties to conflict, African leaders and the global community, to urgently reinforce the protection of civilians, including children, as well as the security of aid workers, their facilities and life-saving work.
In West and Central Africa, around 8 million people are currently displaced and almost 20 million in urgent need of protection, more than half of them children. 34 million people need humanitarian assistance.
DRC has the highest number of displaced people, with 3,8 million having fled within the country and about 500 000 into neighbouring countries.
In CAR, continued fighting between armed groups has forced 1 million people, a fifth of the population, to flee.

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