UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty-four U.N. peacekeepers and one civilian working for the United Nations have been killed in deliberate assaults throughout 2021, in response to the United Nations Workers Union.
Two of the peacekeepers killed have been ladies, and for the eighth 12 months in a row Mali was the world’s most harmful with 19 peacekeepers killed, the union’s Standing Committee for the Safety and Independence of the Worldwide Civil Service stated. Central African Republic was second on the record with 4 peacekeeper deaths..
“As soon as once more, United Nations workers members, particularly ‘blue helmets’, serving on this planet’s most harmful locations paid the best worth”, U.N. Workers Union President Aitor Arauz stated in a press release Friday.
“Nobody was apprehended and sentenced for such crimes,” he stated. “We name on governments to do the utmost to guard United Nations personnel and prosecute their killers.”
Eight peacekeepers who died in 2021 have been from Togo, 4 from Chad, three from Ivory Coast, three from Egypt and one every from Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Gabon, Malawi and Morocco, the Workers Union stated. The one civilian killed was from Congo.
The 25 killings in 2021 convey the loss of life toll to not less than 462 United Nations and related personnel killed in deliberate assaults prior to now 11 years from improvised explosive gadgets, rocket-propelled grenades, artillery fireplace, mortar rounds, land mines, ambushes, convoy assaults, suicide assaults and focused assassinations, the Workers Union stated.
Final 12 months’s loss of life toll compares to fifteen killings in 2020, 28 in 2019, 34 in 2018 and 71 in 2017.