The Aid Worker Security Database, 1997-present

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Key for organisation type

  • UN: United Nations
  • INGO: International non-governmental organisation
  • LNGO and NRCS: Local non-governmental organisation or National Red Cross / Red Crescent Society
  • ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross
  • IFRC: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Key for means of attack

  • AB: Aerial bombardment/missile/mortar/RPG/lobbed grenade
  • BA: Bodily assault/beating/stabbing with non-fire weapons or no weapons
  • B: Bombing (set explosives with a stationary target: building, facility, home)
  • BBIED: Body-borne IED
  • CX: Complex attack (explosives in conjunction with small arms)
  • RIED: Roadside IED
  • VBIED: Vehicle-born IED (unknown whether remote control or suicide)
  • VBIED-RC: Vehicle-borne IED (remote control detonation)
  • VBIED-S : Vehicle-borne IED (suicide)
  • K: Kidnapping (not killed)
  • KK: Kidnap-killing
  • RSA: Rape or serious sexual assault
  • LM: Landmine or UXO detonation
  • S: Shooting (small arms / light weapons, e.g. pistols, rifles, machine guns)
  • U: Unknown

Key for attack context

  • Am: Ambush/attack on road
  • C: Combat (or police operations) / Crossfire
  • IA: Individual attack or assassination
  • MV: Mob violence, rioting
  • R: Raid (armed incursion by group on home, office, or project site)
  • D: Detention (by official government forces or police, where abuse takes place)
  • U: Unknown

Key for location

  • H: Home (private home, not compound)
  • OC: Office or organization compound/residence
  • PS: Project site (village, camp, distribution point, hospital, etc.)
  • P: Other public location (street, market, restaurant, etc.)
  • R: Road (in transit)
  • C: Custody (official forces/police)
  • U: Unknown