Safety & Security
This page brings together the most relevant information on aid worker safety and security from ReliefWeb's extensive collection of humanitarian content. The two main columns show substantive reports such as safety manuals and guidelines, statistical reports on security incidents involving aid workers, and analysis of the implications of engaging with private security providers and the role of peacekeepers in humanitarian interventions.
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This overview document presents 811 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in ten countries in East Africa between January 2017 and June 2018.
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). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.
15,000 people in Ninewa province and 10,000 people in Salah al-Din province are in need of assistance after severe flooding from 22 November. Thousands of people including many IDPs are displaced. Humanitarian needs include food, NFIs, and shelter, as well as safe drinking water and medicine but bridges and roads are inundated and blocked by debris, hampering response. Other provinces across Iraq also face access constraints due to floods, including Missan, Wasit and Basra provinces.
This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid.
It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.
Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response
New safety, security and access information
01 October 2018: On Sulawesi island, the National Disaster Management Authority asked international NGOs to pull out and announced that it would only authorise certain selective forms of foreign aid. No reason was given for this decision. Sources: IRIN and The Guardian
Threats and violence affecting emergency care
06 October 2018: In Mthatha town, King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality, two unidentified gunmen hijacked an ambulance with a driver still in it parked outside the Libode Clinic. Hours later, the police found the driver tied up in a forest and the ambulance abandoned nearby. Source:
Message from our Regional Director
Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) condemns the obstruction and attack on a convoy of UN vehicles that occurred along the road between the cities of Galkayo and Adaado in Galmudug state on Saturday, 3 November.
- Aid agencies step up livelihood, resilience support
- Conflict related displacement spikes in Lower Shabelle
- Evictions continue in Mogadishu
- Major disease outbreaks contained
- Polio immunization continues
- Mental health care must be prioritized
- Sustained funding needed to support the aid operation
Aid agencies step up livelihood, resilience support
• Post-gu assessment indicates improved food security conditions across Somalia
• Armed groups attack civilians, recruit children, and restrict relief operations
• Forced evictions impact approximately 204,000 people in 2018
Developments last week included several highly lethal attacks in both Nigeria and Somalia. Both countries remain the most active countries in Africa in the ACLED dataset, representing nearly one third of the total number of organised violence events and half of the number of fatalities recorded so far in 2018.
This overview document presents 657 security incidents affecting aid delivery in 10 countries in East Africa between January 2017 and March 2018. 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).
This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.
Security Incidents and Access Constraints
A person’s security can be affected by his/her ethnicity, ethical or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or role within an organisation among other things. Each staff member has his/her own specific profile, and each profile will result in different risk levels, depending on the context in which a staff member works.
• The Deyr rainy season begins.
• Needs high among IDPs & rural populations
• Humanitarian Needs Overview process kicks off
• Promoting literacy & skills development.
• Operating environment continues to be challenging
• Life-saving & restoration of facilities continue, four months after Cyclone Sagar
• The Humanitarian Response Plan critically under-funded.
The Deyr rainy season begins
A convoy of the EU Training Mission in Somalia was hit today in Mogadishu. While no personnel of EUTM were injured, civilians in the vicinity of the attack are reportedto be among the casualties. This shows once again that Somali civilians pay the highest price from the terrorist threat in the country.
We express our condolences to the families of those affected at this difficult time. We also stand close to EUTM staff working for peace and security in Somalia.
Security Incidents and Access Constraints
Central African Republic
01 August 2018: In Alindao town, Basse-Kotto prefecture, unspecified assailants killed an aid worker from a local NGO. His motorcycle was found heavily burned nearby. No further details available. Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and AWSD
Author Alexander N Hasenstab PhD researcher, University of Portsmouth
A recently published fact sheet offers an alarming overview of recent trends of violence against aid workers.
Foreword from the Regional Director
Welcome to the August edition of the UN Migration Agency Bulletin for the East and Horn of Africa.
Like in many parts of the globe, migration continues to dominate debates in our region. On 6 August, IOM and its partners, launched a Regional Migrant Response Plan for the Horn of Africa and Yemen appealing to the international community for USD 45 million. It is the first of such plan to be launched ever.