Over the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of aid workers being targeted for kidnap and ransom. Of all forms of violence aid workers are subjected to, kidnapping has seen the steepest rise. Between 2002 and 2014, the number of reported kidnappings of aid workers each year quadrupled to 121, according to independent research group Humanitarian Outcomes.
This is terrible for aid workers, most of whom are national rather than international staff. It could also prove harmful for the communities aid organizations serve. According to the Clements Worldwide Risk Index, 27 percent of major aid groups and other organizations indicate they have delayed expansion of operations due to kidnap and related risks.