Loss of People in Need colleague in Syria
With deep sorrow People in Need confirms that on 5 January, 2019 a national People in Need colleague from the humanitarian team in Syria was killed by unknown perpetrators who had been detaining him for four weeks. People in Need has suspended all its operations in Idlib governorate until further notice.
We are profoundly shocked by this senseless murder and are providing immediate support to the victim’s family to the greatest extent possible. Our thoughts are with them as well as his close colleagues and friends.
Out of respect to his family and loved ones, PIN is not in a position to provide further details.
The death of our colleague is unfortunately part of a disturbing trend of increased attacks against humanitarian and health workers in Northwestern Syria in recent months.
Around the world aid workers are increasingly targeted with violence. According to the Aid Worker Security Database, in 2018 alone, over 250 humanitarian workers were killed, wounded, or kidnapped while on the job.
Targeted violence against those assisting individuals and communities who rely on humanitarian aid to survive is in serious violation of international humanitarian law. All warring parties should guarantee protection of those committed to helping innocent civilians.