August 18th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

U.N. sees increase in humanitarian workers targeted

Calling for the protection of humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, the United Nations says there have been 47 incidents of direct intimidation of U.N. staff and aid workers in the first six months of this year.

In addition, 19 U.N. staff members and aid workers have been attacked, 63 U.N. staff members and aid workers have been abducted and seven U.N. staff members and aid workers have been killed.

The statement, issued on the eve of World Humanitarian Day, says humanitarian workers in Afghanistan are providing emergency food, shelter and medical assistance "which can mean the difference between life and death for thousands of people every day."

This year has seen an increase in the number of targeted attacks on humanitarian personnel across the world, the U.N. says. Robert Watkins, deputy special representative of the Secretary-General and U.N. humanitarian coordinator said the United Nations is calling on all parties to the Afghan conflict to respect and allow humanitarian aid workers to carry out their work.

"Aid workers operate on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence," he says. "Humanitarian workers must be protected - not targeted. They must have the space to operate without fear in Afghanistan in order to assist the most vulnerable people in this country."

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. salerno

    The Talibans put IED becouse USA are on the ground, otherwise no need for them.

    August 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    I am Spartacus!!!

    August 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. salerno

    The UN is not credible becouse it is part of the conflict.

    August 21, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    AMERICAN PIE OR AMERICAN SPY ?
    That's the question. The USA and Karzai wanted to control the humanitarian workers and forced Emergency to close hospitals, among them the one in Lashkargah, becouse they treated all the human beeng equally, and more than 90% were civilians hit by bombardment.

    August 21, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Yes the taliban have a lot to answer for with those bombardments also their use of IED's killing and maiming civilians.

      August 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. salerno

    I am the true salerno

    August 21, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. salerno

    I am salerno you impostor

    August 21, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. lesann

    @Greg
    I finally caught that. I find IT terribly annoying. It comments the same crap everywhere. How many people are actually legitimate here? Does anyone have anything constructive to say?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Not me.

      August 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. McDonald

    Secret prisons with torture – the CIA has lots of them!!

    August 19, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Secret sauce and fillet of fish McDonalds have lots of them.

      August 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    We already know just how much harm the NATO forces are doing in Afghanistan without seeing your photos,Acmed.So you can quit posting them.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Military-Industrial-Complex

      Do you HONESTLY think the Taliban are some noble warriors? I mean, honestly?

      August 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      We all know just how much harm the taliban are doing in Afghanistan keep posting your photos, Acmed.

      August 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Willie 12345

    Are you guys real or is that Phunnie boy again blogging under your names this time?Just curious.

    August 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joseph McCarthy

    Right on!!!

    August 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. afghankiwii

    And how exactly are they meant to be protected. Private security of course. For the UN to say they should be just left alone to get on with it is a joke, the Taleban have no problem murdering children and pregnant woman, what makes them think they are safe because they are helping.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bledsoe

    Is this really true or just more right-wing propaganda?Anything to make NATO look good!!!

    August 18, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |