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On fifteenth anniversary of Baghdad bombing, UN humanitarian chief renews call for protection of aid workers and civilians

17 Aug 2018
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Photo Giles Clarke for OCHA

World Humanitarian Day 2018 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, in which 22 UN staff and other civilians lost their lives. Each year on 19 August, the humanitarian community remembers aid workers who lost their lives in the line of duty and pays tribute to those who deliver aid to vulnerable communities in some of the world's most dangerous crises.

Last year, 139 aid workers were killed, 102 were wounded and 72 were kidnapped in the line of duty. This marks the fifth consecutive year in which more than 100 humanitarians lost their lives on the job, and it is the highest recorded annual death toll since 2013, when 156 humanitarians were killed. 

"It is unconscionable that civilians and the aid workers who are trying to help them are killed and maimed in conflict zones with utter impunity. We need this to end," said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in a statement published today.

Please visit the campaign's website and join the #NotATarget movement to demand that world leaders take action to protect all civilians caught in conflict: