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Aid in Danger Bi-Monthly News Brief 03-16 November 2021

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Safety, security and access incidents

Incidents of threats and violence affecting aid workers and aid delivery.

Africa

Ethiopia

06 November 2021: In an unspecified location, federal authorities arrested an Italian and two Ethiopian aid workers of the INGO Volontariato Internazionale Per Lo Sviluppo. Source: Reuters

Flash Analysis and Prediction by Vigil Insight 08 November 2021: The new opposition alliance between Tigrayan and Oromo forces is assessed to be capable of advancing towards and even into Addis Ababa, but a desire for international legitimacy means an assault on the city is unlikely in the short term; longer term the government is likely to be forced to change. This report includes an analysis of the current security situation in Ethiopia and the implications for aid organisations working there, with predictions and mitigation measures.

09 November 2021: In Addis Ababa, police detained 22 ethnic Tigrayan UN staff citing their alleged participation in terror acts. Six or seven of those detained were later freed, while the rest remained in custody. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Federal Government warned that Ethiopian staff working for the UN or the African Union would be punished for any violations of law. Sources: New Age,
Reuters and The Guardian

10 November 2021: In Semera city, Afar region, police detained 72 outsourced drivers contracted by WFP in what law enforcement claim is a legitimate crackdown on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and Oromo Liberation Army. Sources: BBC, New Age and The New Arab

Flash Analysis and Prediction by Vigil Insight. 12 November 2021: The Tigray Defence Forces and their new opposition alliance will continue to extend control over supply routes into Addis as they seek to remove the current government from power. This report includes an analysis of the current security situation in Ethiopia and the implications for aid organisations working there, with predictions and mitigation measures.