Around the world, conflict is taking a huge toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide, or run for their lives, children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart. At the same time, aid workers – who often risk their lives to help people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted during conflict.
Medicine and relief supplies are ransacked, hospitals and ambulances are bombed, and humanitarian aid workers are detained or denied access to people in need. In fact in 2016, 158 major attacks against aid operations occurred, in which 101 aid workers were killed, 98 wounded and 89 kidnapped.