Aid in Danger is a project jointly managed by Christina Wille, of Insecurity Insight, based in Switzerland, and Larissa Fast. The reports are reproduced with their kind permission.


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This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.


Aid in Danger – Monthly News Brief for February 2018

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

05 February 2018: Update: The NGO Solidarity International announced the release of one of its staffers after six days in captivity. Source: Le Réseau des Journalistes pour les Droits de l’Homme (RJDH)

09 February 2018: In Bangassou, Mbomou prefecture, a month-long blockade of the aid corridor in the city has been lifted, thus allowing the delivery of food and medical supplies to those in need. Sources: Corbeau News and Xinhua

13 February 2018: In Bangassou, Mbomou prefecture, anti-Balaka fighters stole a pickup truck belonging to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and sold it to a Congolese individual for 15 million CFA (approximately 22,800 EUR). Source: Corbeau News

15 February 2018: In Kaga-Bandoro town, Nana-Grébizi prefecture, local people staged a protest against MINUSCA and other NGOs working in the area following the murder of a young trader. Source: RJDH

19 February 2018: In Bamingui-Bangoran, a INGO staff member was kidnapped and held for three days by the Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC). A ransom was demanded and paid for the release of the staff member.  It is not clear who paid the ransom. Source: AWSD

25 February 2018: In Markounda town and sub-prefecture, Ouham prefecture, unidentified armed men killed a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) employee and five educators for unclear reasons. Sources: Cable News Network (CNN), The New York Times, Reuters and RJDH

Chad

12 February 2018: Oxfam International faced accusations of inappropriate conduct by staff members in the country some 12 years ago. Source: The Guardian

Democratic Republic of the Congo

17 February 2018: In Mushikiri village, North Kivu province, unidentified gunmen kidnapped three employees of the NGO Hydraulique Sans Frontières (HYFRO) for no ascertained reason. Two of the victims were found dead on 18 February, whereas the third subject was released on 19 February. Sources: Radio Okapi (a), Radio Okapi (b), Radio Okapi (c) and Voice of America (VOA)

Kenya

21 February 2018: In Garba Tulla, Isiolo County, a INGO male national staff member was shot twice by armed perpetrators who ambushed the NGO’s vehicle. The team of five staff members were traveling from Malkadaka to Garba Tulla when they were attacked. Nothing was stolen from the passengers. There are no reports that the staff members appeared to have been targeted specifically for their affiliation to an aid organization, however, the vehicle was clearly marked. Security has deteriorated in Isiolo county. Source: AWSD

Rwanda

22 February 2018: In Karongi town, Western province, Rwandan police broke up a crowd of around 3,000 Congolese refugees in Kiziba camp, killing 11 people, and injuring 20 more. The refugees had been protesting at the offices of the World Food Programme (WFP) against a cut in food rations. Sources: Daily Nation, Deutsche Welle (DW) (a), DW (b), Reuters and VOA

Somalia

17 February 2018: In Somalia, vast quantities of food aid – bearing the stamps of WFP, USAID, the Japanese government and other aid agencies – continue to show up in major markets all over the country, prompting the Somali government to warn of legal action against those involved in this aid-for-cash scandal. Source: Hiiraan Online

South Sudan

08 February 2018: In Kapoeta, Eastern Equatoria state, an INGO national staff member was assaulted during an ambush on his vehicle by a group of armed men between Kapoeta South and Camp 15. There were two other staff members in the vehicle (a total of two international staff members and one local staff member). They were all robbed of their valuables and money, and the international staff members had their passports stolen. Source: AWSD

09 February 2018: At a checkpoint in Torit, a UN national staff member was shot and killed by SPLA soldiers. No further information available. Source: Source: AWSD

10 February 2018: In Juba, a LNGO national NGO security guard was killed during a compound robbery of the organization’s office. Source: AWSD

11 February 2018: In Akobo, Jonglei state, an NGO worker was killed during an attack that was reported to be caused by a local dispute. Another NGO staff member was reportedly also injured. Source: AWSD

13 February 2018: In South Sudan, Oxfam International faced accusations of sexual assault and cover-up by its staff in the country. Source: Radio Tamazuj

27 February 2018: In Bentiu, Unity state, a LNGO national staff member was assaulted at their home in Bentiu protection of civilian (PoC) site and required medical treatment. Three other people were also hurt in the attack, but they sustained minor injuries. Nothing was taken from the household. Source: AWSD

Uganda

20 February 2018: The Ugandan government, the UN, and the EU have clashed over conflicting corruption accusations. The UN and EU are conducting investigations into the alleged sale of food and other aid intended for refugees, payment of bribes, and the trafficking of refugee girls by Ugandan officials. Meanwhile, Kampala simultaneously announced that it was widening the investigation to examine whether staff from UNHCR and WFP had collaborated with corrupt state employees, while UNHCR also warned that its donors would withhold funding for all Ugandan operations until refugee numbers were officially verified, following accusations that officials inflated the figures to steal aid. Source: Reuters

Asia

Afghanistan

08 February 2018: In Jowzjan province, six national Red Crescent staff members were shot and killed, and two other staff kidnapped in a convoy attack by suspected Islamic State gunmen. The status of the kidnapped staff remains unclear. Source: AWSD

Bangladesh

23 February 2018: In Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong division, the Rapid Action Battalion detained 11 aid workers of different NGOs for failing to produce their passport, visa or work permit, and handed them over to Ukhiya police. Two of the aid workers were from the United Kingdom, two from Italy, and one each from Belgium, Brazil, Kenya, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey. They were released later following their written consent never to visit any camp or go out without a valid passport or visa again. Source: Dhaka Tribune

Cambodia

13 February 2018: The National Election Committee of Cambodia warned that NGOs and foreigners could face fines of up to 2,500 USD or expulsion from the country for interfering with or affecting the results of the 25 February Senate elections. Source: Khmer Times

Europe

Germany

28 February 2018: In Berlin the organisers of the Berlin Conference on Myanmar Genocide denied access to eight members of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD,) including the chief coordinator, on the basis that there were no seats available at the conference. Source: Eleven

Turkey

01 February 2018: Update: The chairman of Amnesty International’s local arm was conditionally released after eight months in detention. However, he was re-arrested on the same day before he could arrive home after the prosecution successfully appealed against his release. Source: VOA

Middle-East and North Africa

Libya

06 February 2018: The Libyan army discovered aid boxes carrying the emblem of the Qatari Red Crescent were being used to smuggle weapons and ammunition from Qatar into the country. Source: Afri Gate News

Syrian Arab Republic

01 February 2018: In Kafr Zita, Hama governorate, five airstrikes reportedly targeted Hasan al A’raj Hospital (also known as al Maghara and Kafr Zita Cave Hospital) affiliated with the Free Hama Health Administration and supported by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), resulting in heavy material damage to the building and equipment. The facility was forced to close. Source: SAMS and SNHR

04 February 2018: In Maarrat al-Nu’man, Idlib governorate, suspected Russian fixed-wing warplanes reportedly fired several missiles at SAMS-supported Ma’aret al Nu’man Central Hospital, (known as the National Hospital). The hospital building was partially destroyed and its incubator, aid wings, hospital equipment and an ambulance belonging to the hospital were all badly damaged. The facility was forced to close. In addition, two ambulances, belonging to the aid network of the Syrian Relief and Development Organization (SRD), were moderately damaged. Source: SNHR and VOA

05 February 2018: In Irbeen city, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, a male national Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) volunteer was reportedly killed in a bombing by missiles fired by fixed-wing Syrian regime forces warplanes as he was tending to the wounded from a previous shelling. Source: SNHR

06 February 2018: One national NGO volunteer died from injuries sustained in an unspecified aerial bombing that reportedly targeted the organization’s centre. Source: AWSD

06 February 2018: In Al Ghadfa, Idlib governorate, a LNGO national volunteer was reportedly killed while tending to the wounded from a previous Russian aerial bombing. Source: AWSD

06 February 2018: In Kafr Batna, Damascus, fixed-wing Syrian regime forces warplanes reportedly fired several missiles at Women Now Centre for Development, which offers vocational and educational courses for women. The building was partially destroyed, and its furniture was heavily damaged. Source: SNHR II

08 February 2018: In Hamadaniya, Aleppo, two Red Crescent staff member were killed, and six staff and volunteers were wounded during a suspected mortar attack on a SARC distribution centre. Source: AWSD

08 February 2018: In Mishmishan city, Idlib province, airstrikes of unknown origin hit a health centre partially supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), killing six people and wounding 17 more. Source: Doctors Without Borders

08 February 2018: In Khan Sheikhoun, Maarrat al-Nu’man district, Idlib governorate, suspected Russian fixed-wing warplanes reportedly fired several missiles at al Rahma Hospital, which is built inside a cave and located next to the SCD centre. The hospital building, and its equipment were heavily damaged, forcing it to close. In addition, three SCD volunteers were reportedly killed and four injured. The SCD centre building was destroyed, and its equipment and a SCD ambulance were damaged, forcing the SCD facility to also close. Source: SNHR

08 February 2018: In Ma’arat al-Nu’man town, Idlib governorate, a LNGO national volunteer was reportedly wounded during shelling from an unspecified source. Source: AWSD

15 February 2018: In Termalla village, Idlib governorate, a LNGO national volunteer was reportedly killed and one wounded during aerial airstrikes from an unspecified origin. Source: AWSD

19 February 2018: In Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, three INGO staff members were reportedly killed by aerial bombing. No further information available. Source: AWSD

19 February 2018: In unspecified locations, Syrian and Russian government forces allegedly targeted Alhayat hospital and the office of the NGO Seraj. Source: Annie Sparrow

19 February 2018: In Mesraba village, Douma district, Rift Dimashq governorate, Syrian and Russian government forces allegedly targeted the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM)-run Ibn Alnafees Centre. Source: Annie Sparrow

20 February 2018: In Irbeen city, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, a female national nurse at Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)-supported Irbeen Surgical Hospital was reportedly killed along with her infant son in a bombing by either fixed-wing Syrian regime forces or Russian warplanes. The missiles were fired in parallel with a barrel bomb attack by Syrian regime forces helicopters. Source: SNHR

21 February 2018: In Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, suspected fixed-wing Syrian regime or Russian warplanes fired reportedly several missiles in front of an ambulance belonging to the SCD centre as the ambulance crew were tending to the wounded from a previous shelling. The vehicle was partially destroyed and rendered out of commission. Source: SNHR.

21 February 2018: In unspecified locations, Syrian and Russian government forces allegedly targeted Dar Al-Shifaa hospital and the office of the NGO Binaa. Source: Annie Sparrow

21 February 2018: In Jesrin area, Eastern Ghouta region, Syrian and Russian government forces allegedly targeted Jesrin Hospital, and a Syria Civil Defence centre. Source: Annie Sparrow

21 February 2018: In Saqba town, Markaz Rif Dimashq district, Rif Dimashq governorate, Syrian and Russian government forces allegedly targeted Saqba Hospital, Al Yaman Hospital, and a Syria Civil Defence centre. Source: Annie Sparrow

21 February 2018: In Douma town and district, Rif Dimashq governorate, Syrian and Russian government forces allegedly targeted a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) centre, and an unspecified obstetric centre. Source: Annie Sparrow

21 February 2018: In Harasta city, Douma district, Rif Dimashq governorate, Syrian and Russian government forces allegedly targeted an SARC centre. Source: Annie Sparrow

21 February 2018: In Arbin town, Markaz Rif Dimashq district, Rif Dimashq governorate, Syrian and Russian government forces allegedly targeted an ambulance belonging to a UOSSM-run maternity centre. Source: Annie Sparrow

22 February 2018: In Harasta city, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, a Syrian regime forces rocket launcher fired reportedly several surface-to-surface rockets at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) branch. The centre building was partially destroyed, and its equipment was heavily damaged. The facility was forced to close. Source: SNHR

26 February 2018: In Katibat al Handasa, northern al Rastan city, Homs governorate, a male national SARC volunteer was reportedly killed by a Syrian regime forces sniper. Source: SNHR

27 February 2018: In Eastern Ghouta region, fighting and shelling continued to prevent any aid from reaching the besieged Syrian enclave during a five-hour pause declared by Russia. Source: Reuters

28 February 2018: In in Al-Waer, Homs governorate, a LNGO volunteer was reportedly killed by aerial artillery fire while helping civilians affected by earlier aerial bombardment. Source: AWSD

28 February 2018: In Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, a LNGO national volunteer was reportedly killed in an air raid while helping civilians affected by earlier aerial bombardment. Source: AWSD

Yemen

12 February 2018: In Mocha, Taiz governorate, an NGO was injured in an air strike on her home. Several of her family members were also killed in the attack. Source: AWSD

The Americas

Guatemala

13 February 2018: In Guatemala, the chairman of Oxfam International has been arrested and is being investigated about a budgetary transaction made by the Guatemalan government while he was finance minister. Sources: Independent, Prensa Libre and Radio Tamazuj

Haiti

12 February 2018: In Haiti, Oxfam International faced accusations over the use of prostitutes by staff members in the country, forcing the deputy chief of the organisation to resign. The Haitian government warned that it would expel Oxfam from the country if such allegations prove to be true. Sources: CNN and Radio Tamazuj

Venezuela

06 February 2018: In Venezuela, the Venezuelan government stands accused of distributing food aid in boxes with messages promoting the Colombian guerrilla movement National Liberation Army. Source: El Nacional

Aid workers killed, kidnapped and arrested in selected countries in 2018

The countries have been selected by Reliefweb Crisis App.

 

KKA 2018 (SiND)

Number of reported aid workers affected

January February
Killed Kidnapped Arrested Killed Kidnapped Arrested
Afghanistan 5 1 0 6 2 0
CAR 0 1 0 6 1 0
DRC 0 0 0 0 3[1] 0
Iraq 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mali 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 6 0 0 0 0 0
Somalia 3 3 0 0 0 0
South Sudan 2 2[2] 0 3 0 0
Syria 3 0 0 16 0 0
Yemen 0 1 0 0 0 0

Total figures for 2017 to be published at the beginning of April 2018.


This document is part of the Aid in Danger project. It is published by Insecurity Insight and funded and supported by European Union Humanitarian Aid, and USAID through Save the Children US.

 

1 The AWSD database does not include the names of individual victims or the agencies affected by an incident. This is done in consideration of the victims and their families who may not wish to have the names publicised in this format and to afford equal respect to the many victims for whom this information is not available.

[1] Two aid workers were killed in captivity.

[2] One aid worker reported missing

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