Aid Agencies Adapt to Rising Risks
By Dialogo January 01, 2010An Afghan worker stands in front of a United Nations guest house that was destroyed in Kabul. The U.N. and other aid agencies are trying to protect workers, who are increasingly targets of violence. Dangers to humanitarian aid workers have increased over the years, making the job more risky, according to a National Public Radio news report. Relief workers say they are being targeted by criminal bands, militias and insurgents in areas such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Darfur, Sudan. The Taliban in Afghanistan reportedly has called for attacks on aid workers, while Taliban chief Mullah Omar explicitly threatened women working for relief groups.