Insecurity Insight: Aid in Danger Bi-Monthly News Brief 08-21 March 2023

 

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Aid in Danger Bi-Monthly News Brief
08-21 March 2023
Aid Worker KIKA Data
Data on incidents where aid workers were killed, injured, kidnapped or arrested (KIKA) is now available for download on HDX and our website covering the period 01 January 2020 to 18 March 2023. The dataset includes a brief incident description, the reported perpetrator, the weapons used, the type of organisation and programme affected as well as  anonymised available details about the affected staff. Note: The dataset does not yet include incidents reported in this News Brief. Registered HDX user? Follow us for the latest dataset updates.
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Safety, security and access incidents
Incidents of threats and violence affecting aid workers and aid delivery.
Africa
Burkina Faso
MSF Ambush in Burkina Faso: Social Media Monitoring
Following the ambush and killing of two MSF employees in Burkina Faso. The brief presents findings on public sentiment expressed online by Burkinabé social media users. The study finds that social media users do not show much understanding of humanitarian principles and that many hold misinformed and very negative views about MSF’s work. Many commentators welcomed the decision to suspend MSF activities, while others falsely alleged that the organisation is aiding armed groups and acting on behalf of Western governments. Reactions indicate that MSF’s stated intention to initiate dialogue with all conflict parties was widely rejected as an attempt to put the Islamic armed groups on an equal footing with the Burkinabé armed forces. Read more
Democratic Republic of Congo
11 March 2023: In Ateka village, Fizi territory, South Kivu province, two INGO aid workers were ambushed and kidnapped by armed men while returning from a food distribution. Source: ACLED1
  
Mali
07 March 2023: In Douaya, Salam cercle, Tombouctou region, an NGO staff member was robbed by an unidentified armed group. Source: ACLED1
 
19 March 2023: Update: Two ICRC employees who were kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators on 04 March have reportedly been released. Sources: Le FigaroPunch and VOA
 
Niger
20 March 2023: Update: A US aid worker who was kidnapped by a militant group in 2016 has been released in Burkina Faso or Mali. Source: Independent
 
South Sudan
09 March 2023: In Old Fangak community, Fangak county, Jonglei state, an armed individual forcibly entered the MSF-run Old Fangak Hospital, and fired two bullets at a health worker who was on duty inside the Emergency Room. The victim managed to escape the attack. However, a female caregiver was wounded by a bullet. Her condition was stabilised after she received emergency care. Source: MSF South Sudan
 
17 March 2023: Along the Gadiang-Peleng Road, in the outskirts of Yuai town, Uror county, Jonglei state, armed youth from Pibor Administrative Area attacked a World Food Programme (WFP)  convoy of more than 100 trucks transporting food and other humanitarian supplies. Two contracted drivers were shot, one fatally. An Ethiopian man died in a road traffic accident caused by the assault. Several people were injured. Sources: OCHARadio Tamazuj I and Radio Tamazuj II
 
19 March 2023: In Kohchar area, Gumuruk county, Pibor Administrative Area, gunmen ambushed a convoy of about six WFP empty trucks en route to Bor town, Jonglei state, after having delivered food aid to Pibor town, killing a driver. Two suspects have been arrested. Source: Radio Tamazuj
Massacre of Red Cross Volunteers in South Sudan: Social Media Monitoring
Following the massacre of four Red Cross volunteers in Central Equatoria state, this research brief presents findings on online public sentiment towards the health programme among social media users in South Sudan. The brief finds that most South Sudan-based social media users hold positive sentiments towards the organisation and its work. Some social media users justified the violent event in terms of the conflict between the local sedentary agro-pastoralists supposedly supported by the National Salvation Front and armed migrant cattle herders. Read more
Sudan
08 March 2023: In El Fasher city, North Darfur state, state authorities suspended the works of the LNGO providing support to victims of sexual violence, including IDPs. Source: Radio Dabanga
 
As reported on 20 March 2023: Across Central Darfur and South Darfur states, frequent security incidents, including car thefts and assaults, have made it difficult for humanitarian organisations to deliver aid, leaving IDPs at Central Darfur’s Hamidiya Camp, and South Darfur’s El Salam and Kalma Camps, without food rations for more than 40 days. Source: Radio Dabanga
Asia
Afghanistan
08 March 2023: The UN Special Representative in Afghanistan warned that the Taliban Government’s bans affecting women’s rights may lead to a drop in aid and development funding for Afghanistan, where some 28 million people need it to survive. Source: The New Arab  
 
Bangladesh
15 March 2023: In Camp 8, Balukhali Refugee Camp, Ukhia upazila, Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong division, a 35-year-old Rohingya male volunteer was fatally shot by two suspected gunmen. Police have since held a Rohingya man for his suspected role in the murder, whilst searching for the other perpetrator. Source: New Age
 
Myanmar
19 March 2023: In Hlaing town and township, Yangon (West) district, Yangon region, voluntary aid workers of a local NGO offering ambulance services to the injured and deceased civilians in a road traffic accident were physically abused by a Myanmar military major. Source: Khit Thit Media
Europe
Ukraine
19 March 2023: In Chasiv Yar city, Bakhmut raion, Donetsk oblast, two volunteers from Poland, were injured in the Russian shelling and they were transported to the hospital. One of them was in critical condition in intensive care. Injured volunteers were transporting humanitarian aid at the time of the attack. Sources: Trueua I and Trueua II
 
19 March 2023: In Donbas region, a medical volunteer from the Czech Republic received a shrapnel wound during the evacuation of the victim during an artillery fire. He was a member of the volunteer organization “Phoenix”. Sources: ct24FaktyGlavcomInterfaxITTAObozrevatelOstroProject Phoenix, RAIRBCRubrykaTrueUAUANewsUnian and V-Variant
Middle East and North Africa
Occupied Palestinian Territories
07 March 2023: In the Jenin Refugee Camp, Jenin city and governorate, West Bank, Israeli troops surrounded a house and fired shoulder-launched missiles during an arrest raid. In response, the armed group Jenin Brigade opened fire and launched explosive devices, injuring several soldiers, and downing two Israeli drones. Gunfire hit ambulances, including one belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, and a teargas canister exploded inside an MSF-supported hospital. At least six people were killed, and 16 more got injured. Medics were prevented from reaching the wounded. Sources: Artzen Zonder Grenzer NederlandBBC and The Guardian
 
As reported on 09 March 2023: Israel has falsely accused Palestinian armed groups of using ambulances belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, who, in response, warned that such accusations directly incite and invite settlers and armed forces to target its medical teams and ambulances. Source: Middle East Monitor
 
Syrian Arab Republic
07-10 March 2023: In Aleppo city, subdistrict, district and governorate, an Israeli airstrike hit the Aleppo International Airport, knocking it out of service. Consequently, UN Humanitarian Air Service flights were suspended, whereas other humanitarian flights were diverted to Damascus and Latakia airports, causing prolonged disruption of aid deliveries intended for earthquake victims. By 10 March, damages were repaired, but no flights landed there that day. Source: The New Arab I and The New Arab II
 
08-09 March 2023: In Saraqib subdistrict, Idlib district and governorate, a humanitarian aid convoy got stuck for two days at the Saraqib Border Crossing pending authorisation from both the Syrian Government and the opposition to enter rebel-held earthquake-hit areas in Idlib and Aleppo governorates. The convoy was finally given permission to enter on 09 March. Sources: The New Arab I and The New Arab II
 
Yemen
As reported on 19 March 2023: In Houthi-controlled areas, Houthi militants continued to prevent female aid workers from travelling without male guardians, hampering the ability of humanitarian groups to assist women and girls safely and reliably. Source: Asharq Al-Awsat
The Americas
Haiti
08 March 2023: In Cité Soleil neighbourhood, Port-au-Prince, gang violence has reached the surroundings of an MSF hospital. A 70-year-old man was shot as he tried to cross the street to the hospital. In this context, MSF temporarily closed the hospital, whilst reducing its activities in another. Sources: BBC and Doctors Without Borders
Insecurity Insight. 2023. Aid in Danger Bi-Monthly News Brief, 08-21 March 2023. Geneva: Insecurity Insight. bit.ly/08-21Mar2023AidBMNB
Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) database attribution policy. Accessed 26 March 2023.

This Bi-Monthly News Brief comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is part of the Aid in Danger project, by Insecurity Insight. It is prepared from information available in local, national and international news outlets and online databases. The incidents reported are not a complete nor a representative list of all events that affected the provision of aid delivery and have not been independently verified. All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations. Insecurity Insight continues to update data on aid workers killed, injured, kidnapped or arrested (KIKA) and figures may change. Updated data includes new and historic reports identified in open-sources and verified security incidents submitted by Aid in Danger partner agencies.

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