Attacks on Health Care Monthly News Brief - February 2019

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from Insecurity Insight
Published on 26 Mar 2019 View Original

Africa

Burkina Faso

02 February 2019: In Kongoussi region, militants presumed to be from Ansaroul Islam (JNIM) attacked and stole a Burkina Faso Red Cross vehicle, abducting its four passengers and driver in the process. Source: ACLED

13 February 2019: In Ougarou area, Est region, an ambulance transporting a pregnant woman from Diapaga to Fada-N’gourma was shot at by presumed JNIM or ISGS militants, leaving the pregnant woman’s partner with a gunshot wound but the driver and woman unharmed. Source: ACLED

14 February 2019: In Djibo town, Sahel region, a bomb of unknown origin hidden in a corpse dressed in military uniform killed an army doctor and wounded two police officers. Sources: News 24 and The Defense Post

Cameroon

11 February 2019: In Kumba city, Meme department, Southwest region, suspected separatists raided and torched the Kumba District Hospital, killing at least four patients and reducing most of the building to ashes. Sources: AFP, Africa Freedom Network, Africa News (a), Africa News (b), BBC, Eyewitness News, US Embassy in Cameroon and VOA News

17 February 2019: In Kumba city, Meme department, Southwest district, soldiers looking for wounded separatists entered the Shisong Hospital, fired several shots in the air and threatened to kill a man in front of employees. Source: Human Rights Watch

Democratic Republic of the Congo

General: In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, armed groups continued to subject health and frontline workers to sporadic attacks, making it hard for them to prevent and mitigate the spread of the Ebola virus. Sources: ABC News, Al Jazeera and Save the Children

04 – 10 February 2019: In Vuhovi village, near the cities of Beni and Butembo, North Kivu province, unidentified perpetrators set fire to a health post. In response, staff at the Vohovi Health Zone suspended all medical work to demand action. Source: Radio Moto Butembo-Beni

08 February 2019: Near Masisi town, North Kivu province, two MSF employees were abducted by unidentified armed men but released later the same day. MSF responded by partially suspending its activities in eastern DRC. Sources: ACLED1 and The Telegraph

19 February 2019: In Vuhovi village, near the cities of Beni and Butembo, North Kivu province, unidentified perpetrators kidnapped a nurse from the Bisongo Health Centre and killed him in front of his wife. In response, nurses declared a dry strike that affected Ebola response in the village. Sources: CIDRAP, Media Congo and Radio Moto Butembo-Beni

24 February 2019: In Katwa town, North Kivu province, an area where mistrust in international aid efforts and false rumours about treatment are rampant, unidentified perpetrators threw stones at an MSF-run Ebola treatment centre before setting parts of the structure on fire, killing one person, and injuring another. In response, MSF suspended its operations in the area. Sources:
ABC News, Africa News, Axios, Devex, IRIN, MSF, Reuters, Time, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Washington Times and VOA News

27 February 2019: In Butembo city, North Kivu province, an area where mistrust in aid workers and false rumours about treatment are rampant, unidentified perpetrators set vehicles and parts of an MSF-run Ebola treatment centre on fire, destroying medical wards and equipment, and leaving four patients missing. In response, MSF suspended its operations in the area. Sources:
Axios, CIDRAP, Devex, IRIN, MSF, Reuters, Time, The Guardian and The Washington Times

Sudan

General: Health workers, teachers and students held daily protests across the country calling for an end to economic hardships and the resignation of Sudanese President Bashir. State security officials reportedly attacked health facilities with teargas on several occasions and detained 27 doctors. Sources: BBC, Physicians for Human Rights, Sudan Tribune and VOA News