Today, as we celebrate the crazy people doing one of the world’s scariest day, let’s take a moment to remember those who are not around to receive our thanks this year:
The advisory group, Humanitarian Outcomes, said the number of attacks on aid workers in 2013 set an annual record, at 460, the most since the group began compiling its database, which goes back to 1997. Known as the Aid Worker Security Database, it is widely regarded as an authoritative reference for aid organizations and governments in assessing trends in security threats.
The new figures show that 155 aid workers were killed, 171 seriously wounded and 134 abducted in 2013, representing a 66 percent increase in the numbers of victims from a year earlier.
More than half the fatalities were in Afghanistan, where aid workers faced particularly acute dangers from a potent Taliban insurgency even after more than a dozen years of war and American-led occupation.
The sector is going through one of its roughest patches in recent history. It’s fitting we take one day to offer thanks.