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Safety & Security

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15 Feb 2019 description

Following the re-commitment to ceasefire on 29 December 2018, the brief respite from hostilities was regrettably short lived. An uptick of fighting was reported after the Orthodox Christmas in mid-January, marked by an alarming incident of shelling, involving civilian workers. On 10 January, three staff of the water utility company “Voda Donbasu”, while on duty, were injured after their vehicle came under fire. Education facilities were also not spared.

07 Feb 2019 description

L’actualité humanitaire en République centrafricaine (RCA) reste dominée par la persistance de violence entrainant le déplacement forcé de la population. Les incidents touchant les organisations humanitaires sont à la hausse dans les préfectures de la Nana Gribizi et de l’Ouham. La communauté humanitaire continue cependant à apporter une assistance multiforme aux personnes les plus vulnérables, y compris dans les zones de retours

Incidents contre les humanitaires Préfecture de l’Ouham

07 Feb 2019 description

Key Facts & Figures Overview

  • 45% of affected people were reached with effective access1 by humanitarian organizations

  • 55% of affected people were either not reached by humanitarian organizations or were reached with difficulty, due to lack of travel authorizations

  • 56% of displaced sites can be effectively accessed

  • 0 applications by the UN to deliver assistance to people in need in areas beyond Government control have been approved since June 2016


02 Feb 2019 description


The humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states in Nigeria’s north-east, that has spilled over into the Lake Chad region, is one of the ten most severe humanitarian crises in the world. In 2018 7.7 million people in Nigeria were in need of humanitarian assistance and 6.1 million targeted for humanitarian assistance.

02 Feb 2019 description


  • Although the number of attacks appear to be decreasing, the casualities and losses in resources is rising. The nature of the attacks has significantly changed and the effects of the attacks are becoming more severe;

  • An alarming number of Health Personnel has been attacked. Health Personnel are constantly being harassed, detained, kidnapped or the worst happens and they get killed. A total number of 17 Health Personnel were killed during multiple attacks this year;

28 Jan 2019 description


The Lake Chad Basin humanitarian emergency is among the most severe in the world. The protracted conflict has uprooted around 2.5 million people, stoked high levels of hunger and malnutrition, and subjected millions of civilians to extreme hardship. Insecurity is hampering the resumption of normal life, leaving conflict-affected families dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival.

Recent developments

25 Jan 2019 description

L’actualité humanitaire en République centrafricaine (RCA) a été marquée par la persistance de violence envers les populations et les personnels humanitaires. Un travailleur humanitaire a été tué à Bambari. La communauté humanitaire continue cependant à y apporter une assistance aux plus vulnérables, y compris les personnes déplacées et les communautés hôtes.

Dépistage de malnutrition Préfecture de la Nana Gribizi

21 Jan 2019 description

More than 9,000 people have fled to Cameroon’s Far North region after an armed raid on 14 January on Rann town in neighbouring Nigeria. The refugees have settled in a village and urgently need food, water, shelter, utensils and medical assistance. Humanitarian organizations are already providing food, water, tents and hygiene kits and advocating with the local authorities to uphold refugees’ right to asylum.

16 Jan 2019 description

The latest re-commitment to ceasefire that came into force on 29 December (ongoing) brought some respite from violence ahead of the New Year and Orthodox Christmas. Less security incidents and use of heavy weapons were reported. However, localized skirmishes continued in areas close to the ‘contact line’, resulting in nine civilian casualties (two killed and seven injured) as well as damage to critical civilian infrastructure.

16 Jan 2019 description

L’actualité humanitaire en République centrafricaine (RCA) reste dominée par la persistance de violence entrainant le déplacement forcé de la population. Les incidents contre les acteurs humanitaires continuent. La communauté humanitaire continue cependant à apporter une assistance multiforme aux plus vulnérables, y compris dans les zones de retour dans le pays.

Attaque contre un poste de santé Préfecture de l’Ouham

15 Jan 2019 description



Le 11 janvier, les autorités ont prolongé de six mois l’état d’urgence dans plusieurs provinces du nord du pays, où les attaques de groupes armés se sont multipliées ces derniers mois, dont l’une ayant fait12 morts le 10 janvier. L'état d'urgence prolongé aura probablement un impact sur l'accès des groupes d'aide et des populations des zones touchées. La violence a déplacé plus de 5 000 personnes au cours de la semaine écoulée.

15 Jan 2019 description



The authorities on 11 January extended by six months the state of emergency in several northern provinces where attacks by armed groups have surged in recent months, including one on 10 January that killed 12 people. The extended state of emergency is likely to have an impact on access by aid groups and populations of the affected areas. The violence has displaced more than 5,000 people over the past week.