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08 Jun 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents incidents affecting aid delivery in 20 countries in Europe in 2017. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). In 2017, 113 security incidents affecting NGO staff members, programmes and assets were reported. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

28 Feb 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Security Incidents and Access Constraints


Central African Republic

16 Dec 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Aid in Danger partner agency incidents. Partner agencies operate in 16 countries. Partner agencies reported four incidents in three countries. No security measures taken to protect staff, assets and programmes were identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is not a complete count nor representative. For other incidents recorded by the Aid in Danger project, including from open sources, please see NGO Security Incident Overview.

10 Jul 2017 description

Situation Update

On 9 July, nearly nine months after the launch of military operations to retake Mosul city, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul. The announcement, came amid reports of ongoing fighting in pockets of the Old City still under armed extremist groups’ control.

06 Jul 2017 description


821,838 Internally displaced Iraqis verified as being currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

1 558,487 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

245,975 Individuals (50,706 households) impacted by military operations to retake Mosul since October 2016 are currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool

02 Nov 2016 description

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting ever worse. More than 21 million people in the country are in urgent need of assistance. The Federal Foreign Office has provided €28 million this year to pay for humanitarian aid for those affected.

One of the biggest humanitarian crises worldwide

02 Jan 2015 description

Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier and Health Minister Hermann Gröhe presented a Lufthansa Airbus converted into rescue transport for Ebola patients at Berlin Tegel airport on 27 November. The “flying isolation unit” is ready for immediate deployment. It is intended to ensure that aid workers who become infected can be flown out to Germany and treated here.

02 Jan 2015 description

The fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is posing a dramatic challenge for the international community. The German Government is continuously expanding its assistance and support for the countries affected, providing 161.7 million euros to date. In his capacity as Special Representative of the Federal Government, Ambassador Walter Lindner – formerly Regional Director for Africa and Crisis Management Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office – directs and coordinates all aid measures.

25 Jun 2013 description

Factsheet on Syria:

The number of people affected by this protracted crisis is estimated to be 6.8 million people.

Around 4.25 million people are reported to be displaced within Syria.

The number of refugees has now reached 1 683 901, with over 550 thousand in Lebanon alone..

The total humanitarian funding committed to the crisis is €682 million: €265 million from the EU and €417 from the Member States which includes in-kind contributions.

29 Nov 2012 description


  • 1.4 million children to be vaccinated for measles and polio

  • Over 300,000 Palestine refugees in need in Syria

  • Carjacking and theft of aid items hinder humanitarian response

  • Two additional refugee camps under construction in Turkey