How International Aid Work Became More Difficult After Sept. 11

APTOPIX PAKISTAN SOUTH ASIA EARTHQUAKE (People watch a helicopter from the World Food Program arrive at the village of Paca Biak
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When you work as an international relief worker, it's only "a matter of time before you see something exceptional," as 36-year old aid worker Simon Hacker recently told AOL Jobs. Hacker is currently a logistics manager for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Syria, which means he oversees the delivery of food items for 4 million people in the troubled country. His work requires him to work with local trucking warehouses to coordinate deliveries to local charities like the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. He's worked on similar projects for the WFP in Djibouti, Haiti and Kenya, among other sites.

Hacker says for him the exceptional moment from his career was back in 2009 when he was working in Pakistan. He said he has a "vivid" memory of the events of Oct. 5 when a suicide bomber walked into the WFP office in Islamabad and detonated himself. He was standing only 15 feet away from the bomber, he recalled. Five of his some 50 colleagues in the office died in the blast.