Humanitarian workers doing "heroic job"

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John Ging in Central African Republic. OCHA/Laura Fultang.

Humanitarian workers have been praised by a senior UN official for doing an "heroic job" in often dangerous situations and in the face of human suffering.

Eighty-five workers have died around the world in the line of duty in 2014, in places like Afghanistan, Syria and South Sudan.

The UN humanitarian office (OCHA) director of operations, John Ging said that UN and NGO staff continue to work despite the treacherous conditions.

"It is of course very frustrating for humanitarian workers to be out there on the frontline, under-funded, facing the inhumanity and suffering, unable to deliver the assistance that people urgently need. But they just continue to do heroic job. There is no choice we have to keep going we can give up."

At the end of 2014, over 75 million people worldwide are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The UN says it requires around US$16 million to meet their needs in the coming year.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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