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Kenya ranked sixth among ‘dangerous places to deliver aid’

Wangui Githugo @Wango_G

International Organisation for Migration-UN agency (IOM-UN) has ranked Kenya sixth among the most dangerous places to deliver aid in 2017 by number of aid worker deaths.

IOM-UN said four aid workers lost their lives in Kenya last year compared to 29 deaths of aid workers in Syria, which was ranked first. The 10 countries listed in order are: Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Mexico, Somalia, Mali and Myanmar.

In South Sudan 14 aid workers died, 11 in Central African Republic and Afghanistan, six in Nigeria, two in Mexico while in Somalia, Mali and Myanmar only one aid worker died. This report was, however, dismissed by Kenyans on twitter, who questioned why Yemen is not on the list and why Somalia is considered less dangerous than Kenya.

“The figures for Kenya are disputable. Are you sure those aid workers died in Kenyan territory? Unless they died of natural causes, I think this data is a sham,” Nyamu Jeremy said on twitter.

According to a 2016 Aid Worker Security Report, 2015 was the second consecutive year showing a lower global casualty toll for aid workers. There were 148 incidents recorded in 25 countries, affecting 287 aid workers, which represented 22 per cent fewer attacks compared to the previous year, and 42 fewer victims.

Five conflict-affected countries-Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen- represented the bulk of all major attacks on civilian aid operations. South Sudan took the lead from Afghanistan for the country with the highest number of attacks, reflecting the most brutal year of the conflict to date.

In terms of attacks per number of aid workers, South Central Somalia was the most violent operational setting in 2015, followed by Afghanistan. There were 13 times as many national staff victims as international (expatriate) victims in these countries, and seven times as many globally.

International staff had higher rates of attack because of their smaller numbers in the field. South Central Somalia, however, has extremely low numbers of international staff present and had no reported incidents affecting them in 2014 and 2015.

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