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18 Oct 2018 description
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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.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints



18 Oct 2018 description
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Health officials in the region are working to quell the outbreak.

By Andrew Schroeder

The current Ebola virus outbreak in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is already the second worst in that country’s history. As of the October 16 update from the Congolese Ministry of Health, 216 cases of Ebola virus have been recorded in the area and 139 people have died from the disease.

12 Oct 2018 description
  • The number of new Ebola cases each day has more than doubled since the start of October, likely influenced by the recent forced suspension in programming

  • As of October 9, there have been 194 cases and 120 deaths from this Ebola outbreak

  • The Ebola response is at a critical moment. IRC teams are highly concerned that the number of new cases could continue to escalate

  • Recent transmission within a school opens up new front in the fight against the disease

09 Oct 2018 description
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A person’s security can be affected by his/her ethnicity, ethical or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or role within an organisation among other things. Each staff member has his/her own specific profile, and each profile will result in different risk levels, depending on the context in which a staff member works.

09 Oct 2018 description

Executive Summary

An aid worker’s personal security is impacted by the interplay between where the aid worker is, who they are, and their role and organisation. As employers, aid organisations have a duty of care to take all reasonable measures to protect their staff from foreseeable risks, including those that emerge due to an aid worker’s personal characteristics – for example, biological sex, gender, ethnicity, cognitive and physical abilities, sexual orientation, etc.

05 Oct 2018 description

New York City, USA
3 October 2018

Mr President, distinguished representatives of the Security Council,

Greetings from Geneva, and thank you for the opportunity of briefing you on the status of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

I last briefed you in late August, just a few weeks after I had visited Mangina, which was then the epicentre of the outbreak. I also visited Beni, which is the current epicentre and the base of our operations.

I said then that I had returned from DRC more worried than before I went. I’m still worried.

04 Oct 2018 description

Kinshasa/Nairobi/Geneva, 4 October 2018 – Three Red Cross volunteers were injured Tuesday (2 October) when they were attacked while carrying out a safe and dignified burial in the city of Butembo in the north east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Two of the volunteers were seriously wounded and are now receiving medical care for their injuries.

02 Oct 2018 description


Le 24 septembre, des hommes armés ont pris en embuscade une équipe de vaccination du ministère de la Santé à l'extérieur de la ville de Batangafo, dans la préfecture de l'Ouham, au nord. Les agents de santé se sont vu voler de l'argent et d'autres biens. La campagne de vaccination avait été programmée du 28 au 30 septembre et ciblait 45 061 enfants de moins de cinq ans.

02 Oct 2018 description


Armed men on 24 September attacked a vaccination team from the Ministry of Health and robbed the health workers of money and other belongings. The team was ambushed outside Batangafo town in the norther Ouham prefecture. The vaccination campaign had been scheduled for 28 – 30 September targeting 45,061 under five children.


29 Sep 2018 description

La riposte à la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola dans les provinces du Nord-Kivu et d’Ituri en République démocratique du Congo connaît un moment critique. En effet, elle est menacée par une dégradation des conditions de sécurité, par la méfiance des communautés touchées et par la propagation de l’épidémie à des zones auparavant indemnes.

Au 25 septembre, 151 personnes avaient contracté la maladie et 101 en étaient mortes.

26 Sep 2018 description

The response to the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a critical juncture, threatened by worsening insecurity, mistrust from affected communities, and extension into previously unaffected areas.

As of 25 September, the disease had affected 151 people, and killed 101.

In recent weeks, a strong government-led response, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), other UN partners, NGOs and civil society, had resulted in a steady week-by-week reduction in cases.

25 Sep 2018 description


Ebola response activities were temporarily suspended in the city of Beni (Nord-Kivu) after an attack by the ADF that killed 14 civilians on 22 September.

A general strike was declared two days later to protest insecurity in Beni, where violent clashes have **forced 40% of the population to flee **over the last six months.

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24 Sep 2018 description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) suspended all its activities in the northeastern city of Beni and surrounding areas Monday, as a result of an armed group attack on Saturday.

18 Sep 2018 description
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10 August 2018: In Bamenda city, Mezam department, Northwest province, an ambulance belonging to the Bamenda Regional Hospital was shot at by either national military personnel or Ambazonian fighters, seriously wounding a nurse, and slightly injuring the driver. Source: Cameroon-Info

Côte d’Ivoire

17 Sep 2018 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that: »

  • Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I). »

  • The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II). »

13 Sep 2018 description
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Security Incidents and Access Constraints


Central African Republic

01 August 2018: In Alindao town, Basse-Kotto prefecture, unspecified assailants killed an aid worker from a local NGO. His motorcycle was found heavily burned nearby. No further details available. Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and AWSD