The Aid in Danger Monthly News Brief - January 2018

from Insecurity Insight
Published on 31 Jan 2018 View Original


Burkina Faso

15 January 2018: Update: An Australian humanitarian doctor kidnapped on 15 January 2016 continues to be held hostage by an al-Qaeda-linked group. Source: aOuaga

Central African Republic

09 January 2018: Around Paoua town, Ouham-Pendé prefecture, violent clashes between militants of the Revolution of Justice and the National Movement for the Liberation of the Central African Republic (MNLC) led to the closure of all health centres on the outskirts of the town, and MSF suspending activities in seven health centres. Sources: aBangui and RFI Africa

17 January 2018: In Nana-Grébizi prefecture, unidentified gunmen intercepted a vehicle belonging to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) whilst en route from Kaga-Bandoro town to Grévaï village, stealing mobile and satellite phones. As a result, the ICRC’s mission was cancelled. Sources: Le Réseau des Journalistes pour les Droits de l'Homme (RJDH)

26 January 2018: In Ouham prefecture, unidentified masked armed men hijacked a vehicle belonging to the NGO Solidarity International on its route between the towns of Kabo, Moyenne and Sido. The vehicle’s driver was kidnapped and released on 05 February. Source:

30 January 2018: In Bangassou town, Mbomou prefecture, unidentified armed men stole a car belonging to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) at Bangui-ville market, attacking the driver in the process. Source: RJDH

Democratic Republic of the Congo

05 January 2018: In South Kivu province, near the Ubwari Peninsula, an unidentified armed group attacked an Oryx helicopter belonging to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) while it was conducting a surveillance mission in Fizi territory. The bullet struck the base of the helicopter, but the crew was able to safely return the aircraft to Goma. No motive is known for the attack and no one was injured. Source: Acualite


Unspecified date: In Kidal town, a landmine exploded and damaged an armoured vehicle belonging to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), causing no casualties.
Source: Niarela 11 January 2018: In Boni village, Hairé commune, Douentza cercle, Mopti region, unidentified armed individuals opened fire and attacked a contingent of Senegalese MINUSMA staff with an improvised explosive device, causing no casualties. Source: Bamada


31 January 2018: In Maiduguri, Borno state, two female suicide attackers detonated themselves at Dalori 1 camp for internally displaced people (IDPs), one inside the camp, and the other outside at Dalori quarters.
This incident led to the death of at least two people, and the injury of many. Source: Daily Trust


27 January 2018: In Wadajir, Mogadishu, a United Nations (UN) staff member was reportedly fatally shot inside the UN’s compound. A recently fired then reinstated security guard allegedly shot the staff member. The motive behind this attack is yet to be confirmed. Source: AWSDSouth Sudan

21 January 2018: In Ajuong Thok, Pariang, Unity state, a group of national NGO staff members were attacked by youths. Four staff members were seriously injured requiring hospital care. Reports suggest the motives were related to perceived lack of employment opportunities. Source: AWSD23 January 2018: In South Sudan, the volatile situation in the country continues to prevent aid groups from penetrating remote parts of Equatoria region, where thousands of people remain trapped with little access to health care and basic services. Sources: Devex I and Devex II

25 January 2018: Along Kuajok Mayom road, Warrup state, a UN-contracted convoy was stopped by SPLA soldiers between Ajakuac and Abiemnom who demanded transportation. The UN-contracted driver and assistant refused, resulting in one soldier shooting the assistant. The soldier was reportedly later arrested, and the injured contractor was taken for medical treatment. Source: AWSD27 January 2018: In South Sudan, the South Sudanese government temporarily suspended the 3,500 USD fee it charges international NGOs, and 500 USD for local NGOs, in a bid to boost humanitarian work in the country. Source: Reuters

29 December 2017: In Yei River state, restrictions, intimidations and harassment of aid and health workers who plan to deliver services to the needy people in the state continue, leaving many people in rural areas living without access to medical care, nutrition and food aid. Source: Radio Tamazuj


19 January 2018: In Zalingei town, Central Darfur state, government militiamen raided the market of Hasahisa camp, prompting residents to stage a protest march against rampant insecurity in the area. Security forces and government militiamen responded by shooting at protesters, causing three deaths and 29 injuries. Sources: Dabanga Sudan I and Dabanga Sudan II

20 January 2018: In Zalingei town, Central Darfur state, government militiamen set fire to engines supplying water from Wadi Azum to Hasahisa camp, prompting residents to stage a protest. Source: Dabanga Sudan 20 January 2018: In Zalingei town, Central Darfur state, a gunfight between IDPs and local youth broke out adjacent to Hasahisa camp. Source: Dabanga Sudan 21 January 2018: In Zalingei town, Central Darfur state, violence broke out at Hasahisa camp after a policeman clashed with a displaced young woman at Telulo market. Source: Dabanga Sudan


15 January 2018: In Kigoma town, district and region, military training conducted within Nduta camp, caused panic and fear among Burundian refugees. Source: RPA