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Aid in Danger Bi-Weekly News Brief, 23 September - 7 October 2020

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

16 September 2020: 16Km away from Bunia, Ituri province, three INGO aid workers were kidnapped while on a mission to repair a hydraulic construction. Their whereabouts remain unknown. Sources: Actualité

18 September 2020: Near Bunia town, Irumu territory, Ituri province, three INGO Congolese aid workers were kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators from a project site which had previously been attacked and damaged earlier in September by a coalition of armed actors. Source: AWSD1

21 September 2020: In Sange locality, Uvira territory, South Kivu province, two INGO aid workers and a driver were kidnapped by Mai-Mai Mbulu armed men who ambushed their vehicle and robbed its six passengers. A ransom of 6,000 USD was demanded. The aid workers were released two days later following community intervention. Sources: ACLED2 , Actualité and AWSD1

22 September 2020: Near Kabumbe village, Fizi territory, South Kivu province, Mai-Mai Reunion (FPC) armed men robbed a vehicle belonging to the NGO Médecins d'Afrique/African Doctors, stole goods and destroyed two buckets of chlorine. Source: Kivu Security Tracker

23 September 2020: Near Masisi town, Masisi territory, North Kivu province, armed men robbed a vehicle belonging to an INGO and kidnapped the driver. The kidnappers demanded a ransom for the hostage's release. The hostage was released after a few hours of custody. It is unclear if the vehicle was also returned. Source: Kivu Security Tracker

Mali

21 September 2020: On the outskirts of Ansongo town, Ansongo commune, Gao region, an unspecified number of INGO aid workers were assaulted and robbed by gunmen. Source: ACLED1 23 September 2020: In Menaka town, Menaka, Menaka, gunmen robbed an INGO. No further details available. Source: ACLED1

08 October 2020: Update: A 75 year-old French aid worker from the Swiss charity Association Aid (which helps orphans and other children suffering from malnutrition) kidnapped on Christmas Eve 2016 in Gao by JNIM militants has been released as part of a prisoner swap involving over 100 militants in a statement by French authorities. She is now back in France after being freed alongside Malian politician Soumaïla Cissé and two Italian nationals. It was unclear whether or not a ransom was paid for the four hostages.

According to the French aid worker, a 59 year-old Swiss missionary kidnaped in Mali in 2016 by JNIM was killed last month by the group. The woman was abducted before in April 2012. She was released nine days later after mediation by the government in Burkina Faso. The exact circumstances of her death are still unclear. Sources: BBC, Blue Win, DW, France 24, France 24 II and Washington Times