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.
Reports on Safety & Security
Original publication Date
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
SAMS Launches New Report: “Disrupted Health Care In Syria: The State of Reproductive Health”
Abuja, 18 January 2019 - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has expressed grave concern over the interruption of aid delivery to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Rann, a town in eastern Borno State about 10 kilometers from the border with Cameroon, following a deadly attack by a non-state armed group.
15 December 2018: On the road between Ouagadougou and BoboDioulasso, a Canadian aid worker traveling to Togo for a humanitarian project with the organisation Zion’Gaia went missing.
No further details specified. Source: aOuaga
24 December 2018: In Kinindo commune, Bujumbura Mairie province, Burundian soldiers arrested an employee of the NGO Handicap International while he was at a bar. There is no indication as to why he was arrested. Source: SOS Averages Burundi
Mogadishu, 15 January 2019: Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Isse Awad, met with senior United Nations officials in the Somali capital today, following the 1 January mortar attack on the UN compound.
Regional meeting: Côte d'Ivoire and countries of asylum adopt a road map for the repatriation of 11,000 Ivorian refugees over 18 months.
UNHCR assisted with the Voluntary Repatriation of 183 households of 611 Ivorian from November to December 2018.
For the first time ever, a judge grants nationality certificate to 6 foundling.
Abuja - The International Organization for Migration is appalled by Monday’s attack in Rann town, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, that claimed the lives of four internally displaced persons (IDPs) and badly damaged an IOM Humanitarian Hub.
The attack which began at around 16:00, is the third in Rann by non-state armed groups since March 2018 and serves as a reminder of the dire security situation faced by millions of people in northeast Nigeria.
“We are devastated to learn of this attack and the senseless loss of life,” said IOM Regional Director Richard Danziger.
PERSONAS CON NECESIDADES HUMANITARIAS
Key developments in the week of January 6th include the violence in the CAR, the flare-ups along the border between Libya, Chad and Sudan, and the rising frustration with, and within, a number of political systems in Africa, including in Gabon, DRC, Sudan and Senegal.
This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence as well as protests and other events affecting education.
It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.
All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations.
Security Incidents and Access Constraints
Central African Republic
Threats and violence affecting emergency care
22 December 2018: In Mogadishu, al Shabaab militants detonated a VBIED near the presidential palace while police and medics were responding to an earlier, politically-motivated suicide blast. No further details specified. Source: IOL
Middle-East and North Africa
Occupied Palestinian Territories
By Iain Overton and Jennifer Dathan on 11 Jan 2019
AOAV’s article, “Explosive violence and the health challenges ahead for Syria“, has been published on the Forum on the Arms Trade. To read the article please see below, or follow the link to the original story, here.
By Gonzalo de Palacios | EISF publication
This article briefly explores the technological platforms non-governmental organisations (NGOs) use to access and share security-related information, particularly focusing on internal incident reporting software.
Humanity & Inclusion, which operates under its original name “Handicap International” in Burundi since 1992, has been forced to stop its activities in the country. It no longer considers itself able to carry out its projects due to the Burundian government's recent decisions towards international NGOs, in particular the obligation to keep a record of its employees’ ethnicities.