Safety & Security
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The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, David Shearer has urged the South Sudanese government to investigate and apprehend the killers of six aid workers on Saturday.
The staff from a national non-governmental organization were reportedly ambushed in their vehicle in a government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road on Saturday morning. Their bodies were found on the road by others members of the convoy who were some way behind.
(Juba, 26 March 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has strongly condemned the killing of six aid workers in an ambush on 25 March. The aid workers were travelling from Juba to Pibor.
“I am appalled and outraged by the heinous murder yesterday of six courageous humanitarians in South Sudan,” said Mr. Owusu. “At a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels, it is entirely unacceptable that those who are trying to help are being attacked and killed.”
25 mars 2017 – À l'occasion de la Journée internationale de solidarité avec les membres du personnel détenus et disparus, le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, a indiqué que l'ONU était toujours sans nouvelle du sort de deux membres du Groupe d'experts sur la République démocratique du Congo (RDC).
Toronto, ON- A doctor was killed today by a chemical agent while operating on a patient. A barrel bomb with a chemical agent hit the front entrance of the Latamneh Hospital in Hama and entered causing severe respiratory and neurological injuries to many staff members. The gas attack killed Dr. Ali Darwish, a specialist orthopedic surgeon, while he was in the operating room. Dr. Darwish, aware of the gas that had entered, refused to leave his patient and continued operating until he fell unconscious and succumbed to pulmonary edema.
Des efforts accrus sont nécessaires pour retrouver les deux enquêteurs et les quatre Congolais dans le Kasaï
(Kinshasa) – Le gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo devrait coopérer pleinement avec les efforts des Nations Unies pour localiser l’équipe du Groupe d’experts de l’ONU portée disparue depuis le 12 mars 2017 dans la province du Kasaï-Central, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui.
Stepped-Up Efforts Needed to Find 2 Investigators, 4 Congolese in Kasai
(Kinshasa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo government should fully cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate a UN Group of Experts team that has been missing since March 12, 2017, in Kasai Central province, Human Rights Watch said today.
Haute Kotto and Ouaka Prefectures remain areas of tension in need of assistance from the humanitarian community
Insecurity is hindering humanitarian action. By the end of February, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan has only received 5% of the expected resources required for 2017. However, the humanitarian community remains ready to assist the areas of tension in spite of the humanitarian action's chronic under funding.
# displaced persons 402,240
Mali: MSF warns about the use of humanitarian aid for political and military interests
The incursion of military and political actors in the humanitarian field is putting the provision of humanitarian aid at risk in Mali. This is the main conclusion of a report published this week by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which analyses the continuous and harmful instrumentalisation of humanitarian aid in the country.
23 March 2017
Permanent Representative Rejects Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Government Forces, Claims Sanctions Will Fuel Tensions
Expressing its deep alarm at the situation in South Sudan, the Security Council today renewed its condemnation of fighting in that country, stressing that there was no military solution to the conflict.
The undersigned international and national NGOs and respective NGO coordination fora welcome the fact that the international community, under the impetus of the EU, is convening in Brussels to address and respond to the Syria crisis.
600 Mauritanian refugees who expressed their interest in being naturalised have their file being handled by a legal consulting company that supports the naturalization process
50 Protection incidents have been reported in north and central regions of Mali since January 2017
USD 40 million requested for the operation
· More than 242,164 children have been affected by floods and landslides in Peru during the rainy season that began in January that thus far have affected 727,217 people who have lost their homes and belongings. In terms of infrastructure, 178km of roads and 13 bridges have been destroyed, with another 270km of roads and 44 bridges affected.
The ICRC along with its partners conducted a detailed research study on the patterns of violence against healthcare in Karachi. The report can be accessed here.
Around 45,000 people from western Mosul were displaced during this reporting period due to military operations, marking an increase of more than 22 per cent from the previous week. In total, some 153,000 people are currently displaced from West Mosul, according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). OCHA’s reporting is based on DTM figures. There may be discrepancies between these and the figures reported by the Government of Iraq.
The security situation in northern and central Mali continues to be very difficult. This was illustrated last week by a criminal attack on an international humanitarian organisation in Gao, leaving one aid worker dead and another severely injured. Violence and insecurity, in a context of broad impunity, affect local populations on a permanent basis and are the main reasons why Malian refugees (estimated total: 141 450) do not return.
UN INCENDIE DÉTRUIT DES ABRIS DANS UN CAMP DE RÉFUGIÉS
Une réponse humanitaire rapide est en cours à la suite d'un incendie, le 15 mars, dans le camp de réfugiés de Dosseye, au sud du Tchad. Le feu, dont la cause est encore inconnue, a détruit plusieurs abris, des vivres et des articles ménagers. Aucune victime n'a été signalée. Le camp de Dosseye accueille plus de 12 000 réfugiés de la République centrafricaine.
20 PERSONNES INFECTÉES PAR LA VARIOLE DU SINGE, 3 DÉCÈS
FIRE DESTROYS SHELTERS AT REFUGEE CAMP
A rapid humanitarian response is underway following a fire at Dosseye refugee camp in southern Chad on 15 March. The fire, whose cause is still unknown, destroyed several huts, food stocks and household items. No casualties were reported. Dosseye camp hosts more than 12,000 refugees from the Central African Republic.
MONKEYPOX INFECTS 20, KILLS THREE
By Ahmed Elzobier
Three Sudanese human rights defenders were released from jail on 6 March after paying a fine of 50,000 Sudanese Pounds (about 7,700 US dollars) each.
Khalafalla Al-Afif Mukhtar, Midhat A. Hamdan and Mustafa Adam had been sentenced to one year in jail and a fine, but were released after nine months on time served after paying the exorbitant fines. The crimes they were found guilty of? Two of them were convicted of dissemination of false information and one for espionage.
Statement by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principals
Endorsed by the IASC Principals on 17 March 2017
We, the IASC Principals, are deeply concerned by the findings of a survey conducted by the Humanitarian Women’s Network (HWN) revealing incidents of discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse perpetrated against female aidworkers by their colleagues in the workplace. We are further concerned by the reported climate of impunity in which this discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual abuse take place.