[xtypo_dropcap]T[/xtypo_dropcap]he year 2010 saw the deaths of 116 United Nations personnel, the international organization announced Tuesday.
Almost all of the U.N. workers, 102 of them, died in the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti last January. The earthquake caused the collapse of the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters in the country’s capital Port-au-Prince, and killed civilian personnel, and members of the police and military of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti.
The earthquake caused “the biggest single loss of life in the history of United Nations peacekeeping,” said U.N. staff union president, Stephen Kisambira, in a statement.
Other U.N. workers lost their lives as a result of acts of violence in 2010. “United Nations personnel were senselessly killed while working to assist populations in need,” Kisambira said.
According to the U.N., the Darfur region in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Afghanistan are the most dangerous areas for U.N. workers.