Aid in Danger Incident Trends - KIK incidents: open-source and SiND partner-agency-reported incidents in which aid workers were killed, injured or kidnapped (July - September 2017)
This overview document presents available information on KIK incidents that affected aid agencies and their staff. This report is based on incidents identified by Insecurity Insight's monitoring of open sources and confidentially shared by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). It covers a total of 52 incidents in 19 countries in which 116 aid workers were affected between July and September 2017. The available open-source and confidentially shared information is an indication of the number of aid workers killed, injured or kidnapped. However, no claim is made that the total number of aid workers affected has been documented or is known.
43 aid workers were reportedly killed:
- Syria (11), Bangladesh and CAR (9), Afghanistan (4), South Sudan (3), Mali (2), DRC, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan and Somalia (1 each).
- All 43 staff reportedly killed were national staff members.
- Most reportedly killed national staff members worked for RCRC (42%, 18 out of 43), followed by LNGOs (35%, 15/43). National staff working for INGOs were less affected (23%, 10/43). No incidents were identified in which UN staff were reportedly killed.
- 23% of affected staff were killed by explosive weapons in Syria and Somalia (9 and 1, respectively).
- One RCRC staff member reportedly died due to the lack of medical supplies available at a hospital in Yemen. He had reportedly been denied air travel to Egypt or Jordan for treatment due to Saudi-imposed restrictions on Yemeni airspace.
34 aid workers were reportedly injured:
- Syria (11), Bangladesh (10), Ethiopia (4), Afghanistan, South Sudan and Sri Lanka (2 each), Colombia, Mali and Sudan (1 each).
- Of the 34 staff reportedly injured, 32 were national staff members. For the remaining two staff, no further information is available.
- Most reportedly injured national staff worked for LNGOs (34%, 11/32), followed by INGOs and RCRC (31%, 10/32 each). National staff working for the UN were less affected (3%, 1/32).
- 32% of affected staff were injured by mortar shells, missiles or rockets reportedly fired by Syrian or Russian forces in Syria (11/34).
26 aid workers were reportedly kidnapped:
- Somali (12), South Sudan (8), DRC and CAR (2 each), Bangladesh and China (1 each).
- Of the 26 staff reportedly kidnapped, nine were national staff members and four were international. For the remaining 13, no further information is available.
- All 26 staff reportedly kidnapped worked for INGOs and LNGOs (15 and 11, respectively). Most INGO staff members were kidnapped while working in South Sudan. In contrast, most kidnapped LNGO staff members were working in Somalia (both 30%, 8/27).
- 19 staff were reportedly released following their abduction in Somalia and South Sudan (8 each), DRC (2) and Bangladesh (1). In Somalia, the kidnappers reportedly received weapons as ransom. In addition, a ransom demand was made to release one staff member in CAR. Six staff members reportedly remain in captivity in Somalia (4), CAR and China (1 each).
13 aid workers were reportedly assaulted:
- Ethiopia and South Sudan (3 each), Syria (2), Burundi, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Ukraine (1 each).
- All 13 staff reportedly assaulted were national staff members.
- Most reportedly assaulted staff members worked for INGOs (92%, 12/13). In addition, a UN security guard was reportedly assaulted during the robbery of a UN compound by six armed males in Burundi.