The peacekeeping mission in Mali suffered the greatest loss of life last year
At least 34 personnel of the United Nations and associated organizations—26 peacekeepers and eight civilians—were killed in malicious attacks in the line of duty in 2018, said a UN spokesperson on Thursday.
The casualty rate for 2018 was the lowest it has been in the last five years and was less than half the number recorded in 2017, Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN secretary-general said at a press briefing; citing a report of the UN Staff Union, reports UNB.
According to the report, in 2018, the peacekeeping mission in Mali suffered the greatest loss of life, with 11 peacekeepers killed.
This was followed by the mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; where eight peacekeepers were killed.
Also, in the Central African Republic, 7 peacekeepers were killed in the line of duty.
Since 2012, at least 344 personnel of the United Nations and associated organizations have died in malicious and deliberate attacks worldwide, the report stated.
President of the UN Staff Union Bibi Sherifa Khan said: "United Nations staff works in some of the world's most dangerous places.
"Any cut in the budget of peacekeeping operations increases the dangers for staff members and also risks jeopardizing the goals and objectives of the organization."
"When the United Nations sends its staff to work in conflict zones, it must ensure—along with member states—that the necessary resources are provided and that those who attack our colleagues are brought to justice," she added.