Top of the Morning: Kidnappings of Aid Workers Quadruple

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Report: Number Kidnappings of Aid Workers Quadruple 

The authoritative annual report on attacks against humanitarian aid workers was released yesterday. Key findings: ”In 2012, there were 167 incidents of major violence against aid workers in 19 countries. These attacks resulted in 274 aid workers killed, kidnapped, or seriously wounded. The number of victims relative to the estimated total number of aid workers (the attack rate) continued to rise. Aid worker kidnappings have quadrupled over the past decade; since 2009, more aid workers have been victims of kidnapping than of any other form of attack.” (Humanitarian Outcomes

More Cholera Reported in Mexico

The WHO is warning that the same strain found in Haiti is apparently spreading in Mexico. “The five cases occurred in the geographic zone of la Huasteca, an area where urbanization, availability of drinking water and basic sanitation services are limited. From 9 September to 25 October 2013, a total of 176 confirmed cases, including one death, of infection with Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa toxigenic has been reported in the country.” (WHO