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21 Aug 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

August 19, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese authorities have vowed to protect aid workers and facilitate the transportation of humanitarian supplies by providing adequate security to aid organizations.

Speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba, humanitarian affairs and disaster management minister, Hussein Mar Nyuot, acknowledged the difficulties aid workers and organizations face while delivering help to South Sudan.

19 Aug 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

During the first six months of 2017, 83 aid workers were reportedly arrested, charged, detained, fined or imprisoned in 44 incidents. In 2016, 220 aid workers were reportedly affected in 69 incidents. In 2015, 115 aid workers were reportedly affected in 64 incidents. This data is based on incidents identified by Insecurity Insight’s monitoring of open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND).

19 Aug 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

During the first six months of 2017, 294 aid workers were reportedly killed, injured, kidnapped or assaulted (KIK) in 120 incidents. In 2016, 547 aid workers were reportedly affected in 284 incidents. In 2015, 528 aid workers were reportedly affected in 263 incidents. This data is based on incidents identified by Insecurity Insight’s monitoring of open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND).

19 Aug 2017 description

A la veille de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, Filippo Grandi rend hommage aux employés humanitaires qui ont perdu la vie dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions, en venant en aide aux personnes dans le besoin à travers le monde.

Par UNHCR Staff

GENEVE – Le chef du HCR a rendu hommage aujourd’hui « au courage et à la détermination » des travailleurs humanitaires qui risquent leur vie quotidiennement pour apporter une aide aux personnes affectées par les violences à travers le monde, et qui sont souvent eux-mêmes des cibles.

19 Aug 2017 description

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Vous trouverez, ci-après, le message du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. António Guterres, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, célébrée le 19 août:

Chaque année, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, nous braquons les projecteurs sur les millions de civils de par le monde qui se retrouvent pris dans l’étau de conflits.

18 Aug 2017 description

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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on World Humanitarian Day, to be observed in New York on 19 August:

18 Aug 2017 description

A man storms into the operating theatre. He is angry and carrying a gun. His wife just died while giving birth despite all efforts by the doctors to save her. He raises his weapon and starts shooting.

Rita Dominic Kiyawa tells her story as if it happened yesterday, even though four years have passed since the attack on Wau Teaching Hospital (WTH), where she has been working as a nurse since 1989. She likes her job, but after witnessing an attack that could have taken her life, she almost resigned from her career that she considers her destiny.

18 Aug 2017 description

New York, 18 August 2017): At an event today to mark World Humanitarian Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for global action to protect civilians trapped in armed conflict and joined UN staff to symbolically “stand together” with all those affected by conflict.

18 Aug 2017 description

(Juba, 18 August 2017): On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, the Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim (a.i.) for South Sudan, Serge Tissot, called for an immediate end to attacks against civilians and aid workers as conflict continues in South Sudan. “We continue to witness increasing, deliberate and unprovoked attacks against civilians and aid workers in South Sudan. This should not be accepted as the norm,” said Mr. Tissot. “We urge the public make an overarching call to action: Civilians and Aid workers are #NotATarget.”

18 Aug 2017 description

On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, Filippo Grandi pays tribute to humanitarians who have lost their lives helping people in need worldwide.

GENEVA – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today honoured the “commitment and spirit” of humanitarian workers who daily risk their lives to care for those affected by violence worldwide, and who are often targets themselves.

18 Aug 2017 description

(Dakar, 18 August 2017): Persistent conflict and violence targeting aid workers and civilians in West and Central Africa make it one of the world’s most volatile regions for humanitarian action, regional directors of UN agencies and NGO partners warned ahead of the commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, on 19 August.

18 Aug 2017 description
report CARE

More people have died delivering aid in Syria than anywhere else in 2017, an analysis by international aid organisation CARE Australia has found.

New figures reveal 80 aid workers have been killed this year, including 29 in Syria where there has been intense fighting since 2011.

“Syria is the most dangerous place on earth to be an aid worker,” said CARE Australia’s Gender in Emergencies Specialist Isadora Quay.

17 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Insecurity and poor rains threaten harvests from the current cropping season.
• Food insecurity reported in Mvolo, many people surviving on wild food.
• Youth hard hit by the South Sudan violence and humanitarian crisis.
• Fighting and insecurity disrupt provision of humanitarian assistance and displace thousands in Upper Nile.
• Looting of humanitarian compounds and supplies increased in July.

In this issue

11 Aug 2017 description

Food Security

The number of severely food insecure people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia has increased to 14.3 million, following the publication of new data on the situation in Kenya.

11 Aug 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available from open sources. All decisions made on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of respective organisations.

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08 Aug 2017 description

In July 2017, 136 access incidents were reported by the humanitarian community in South Sudan. Out of these, 49 involved violence against personnel and assets, once again illustrating the increasingly dangerous and risky environment in which humanitarians are operating.

07 Aug 2017 description
report IRIN

As a humanitarian at what point does one start to think the unthinkable? To question the impact of the aid provided, or perhaps even wonder if it’s doing more harm than good? Having served as an aid worker for over 20 years, deploying to countless emergencies, I’ve rarely had cause to question the primacy of humanitarian aid.

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