More relief workers were assaulted in 2019 than before, and the United Nations said on Wednesday since it indicated World Humanitarian Day.
As stated by this UN, 483 help employees were subject to attacks this past year, an 18 percent increase in 2018, and also the maximum amount ever recorded.
One of those, 125 were murdered, 234 were injured and 124 were kidnapped in 277 distinct events.
The Majority of the attacks against humanitarian workers happened in Syria, followed by South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Afghanistan, and the Central African Republic.
“These real-life personalities do extraordinary things in extraordinary times to assist women and children whose lives are upended by disasters,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres.
He emphasized the COVID-19 pandemic has resisted the pressure on aid workers, who in several areas around the globe have taken on the role of first responders.
“They’re the unsung heroes of this pandemic response — they all too frequently risk their own lives to rescue the lives of the others,” he explained.
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president of the UN General Assembly also worried that aid workers also have had to cope with”a huge spike in humanitarian demands in 63 countries” this year”despite the largest-ever financing shortfall”.
The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, advocated “all parties to conflicts globally to wrestle from targeting civilian infrastructures, such as hospitals and schools.”
“Alarmingly, humanitarian demands nowadays are on the upswing, hastened all of the by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The European Commission will encourage humanitarian funds with nearly $10 billion within the next 7 decades,” he added.
The UN also reported that a surge in attacks against health facilities and workers that claimed the lives of 199 individuals this past year.
World Humanitarian Day continues to be indicated on August 19 for the previous 11 decades. The date has been chosen in memory of the August 19, 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 people including the Special Representative of their Secretary-General for Iraq.