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Safety, security and access incidents
Incidents of threats and violence affecting aid workers and aid delivery.
Central African Republic
02 June 2021: In Nazikada, Batafango district, Ouham prefecture, an INGO national aid worker was robbed and assaulted by the Coalition des Patriotes pour le Changement/Mouvement Patriotique pour la Centrafrique (CPC/MPC). Source: AWSD1
05 June 2021: In Elevage IDP camp, Bambari town, Ouaka prefecture, an MSF-supported health post to treat malaria as well as tents and shops were burnt and destroyed during fighting between armed groups and government forces. Source: MSF
Democratic Republic of the Congo
28 May 2021: In Djugu territory, Ituri province, unidentified perpetrators attacked an INGO compound was attacked, prompting the organisation to suspend its health project in the area. Sources: ECHO and OCHA
07 June 2021: In Boga village, Ituri province, suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants burned down the MSF-supported General Referral Hospital and looted medical supplies during a wider assault on the village. Sources: Garda, MSF and MSF DRC
Vigil InSight Situation Report: International aid organisations will face increasing tensions following the labelling of the TPLF and OLF-Shene as terrorist organisations at the start of May. Analysis, predictions and mitigations for aid organisations here. Subscribe to updates.
As reported on 05 June 2021: In Tigray region, Ethiopian troops blocked aid workers from passing through the road leading to Wejirat woreda. Source: Twitter
16 June 2021: The Ethiopian Prime Minister was seen driving a UN-registered vehicle at an election campaign rally raising questions about neutrality. Source: Garowe Online
28 May 2021: In Kola Tembien town, Tigray region, an Ethiopian aid worker was fatally shot during a food distribution. Source: AWSD1
31 May 2021: Near Konna town, Mopti commune, three LNGO aid workers were abducted by suspected Katiba Macina militants while driving in a three-vehicle convoy on the return from a mission. Sources: ACLED2 and Radio Guintan
08 June 2021: In Hourara village, Ansongo commune, Gao region, eight INGO health workers, three of whom are females, were abducted from a health centre by armed men believed to be ISWAP militants. Sources: ACLED2, GARDA World and Studio Tamani
Vigil InSight Situation Report: Unrest in Northern Mozambique surrounding the expansion of the Islamic State Central African Province (ISCAP) affiliated militant group Ansar al-Sunna, has generated rising humanitarian needs. Key operational security questions for aid agencies to assist security risk management and support aid access here. Subscribe to updates.
08 June 2021: In Cabo Delgado province, a Christian Council of Mozambique official alleged that World Food Programme rice was being sold in markets by beneficiaries. Source: Cabo Ligado
Around 10 June 2021: In Pemba town, Cabo Delgado province, the Mozambican Red Cross reportedly said it would no longer accept beneficiary lists from local officials due to a lack of transparency from government officials and accusations from IDPs that lists have been used to divert aid to local patrimonial networks. Source: Cabo Ligado
South Sudan 31 May 2021: In Torit city and county, Eastern Equatoria state, armed youth stormed the South Sudan Red Cross office and assaulted eight volunteers. In response, the organisation suspended its activities. Sources: Eye Radio and South Sudan Red Cross
31 May 2021: In Torit city and county, Eastern Equatoria state, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staff member was assaulted by a local youth. Source: Eye Radio
02 June 2021: In Torit county, Eastern Equatoria state, the regional government directed all UN and over 50 NGOs to suspend operations as it addresses tensions between local youths protesting unfair employment and humanitarian actors. On 09 June, the suspension was lifted. Sources: Eye Radio and Radio Tamazuj
07 June 2021: On the Mapourdit-Aluakluak Road, Yirol West county, Lakes state, cattle keepers killed two South Sudanese aid workers from the INGO Doctors with Africa CUAMM in a vehicle ambushing as they returned from a health facility. Two other aid workers were wounded after their vehicle veered off the road. Sources: ACLED2, AWSD1, Eye Radio, Medici Con L'Africa, OCHA, Radio Miraya, Radio Tamazuj, South Sudan NGO Forum and VOA
05 June 2021: In the Shangil Tobaya area, Dar El Salaam locality, North Darfur state, people on carts and donkeys looted properties on a UNAMID site that was handed over to local authorities on 25 May. Source: Dabanga Sudan
08 June 2021: In Baghlan province, an armed group allegedly linked to the Taliban forcibly entered and opened fire at a de-mining camp, killing 10 HALO staff and wounding 16 more. Sources: AWSD1, NBC, The Guardian, The HALO Trust and Twitter
05 June 2021: The Italian Coast Guard detained the German Sea-Eye-4 migrant rescue vessel for inspection, claiming the vessel had "technical irregularities". Source: Euro News
Middle East and North Africa
Vigil InSight Economic and Political Situation Alert: Twenty nations agreed to provide increased aid to "suffering and hungry" Lebanese army suggesting institutions are on the brink of collapse. Analysis, predictions and mitigations for aid organisations here. Subscribe to updates.
Occupied Palestinian Territories
As reported on 05 June 2021: Israeli authorities blocked Qatari aid from entering Gaza, prompting Hamas to threaten to restart anti-blockade protests along the border. Source: TNA
Syrian Arab Republic
12 June 2021: In Afrin city and district, Aleppo governorate, two missiles from the direction of areas where government troops and Kurdish-led fighters are deployed hit the SAMS-supported Al-Shifaa Paediatrics and Maternity Hospital, killing four health workers and injuring 11 more. The emergency department and delivery room were completely destroyed and the outpatient department sustained significant damages, rendering the hospital out of service. An earlier missile strike hit within 100 metres of the hospital. Sources: ABC, Care, Mercy Corps, Reuters and SAMS USA
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. This document is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of Insecurity Insight and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, the U.S. Government, or Save the Children Federation, Inc.
Insecurity Insight. 2021. Aid in Danger Bi-Monthly News Brief, 02-15 June 2021. Geneva: Insecurity Insight.
1 The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) does not include the names of individual victims or the agencies affected by an incident. This is done in consideration of the victims and their families who may not wish to have the names published in this format and to afford equal respect to the many victims for whom this information is not available. Accessed 21 June 2021.
2 Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) database attribution policy. Accessed 17 June 2021.