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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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Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

09 Oct 2018 description

Executive Summary

An aid worker’s personal security is impacted by the interplay between where the aid worker is, who they are, and their role and organisation. As employers, aid organisations have a duty of care to take all reasonable measures to protect their staff from foreseeable risks, including those that emerge due to an aid worker’s personal characteristics – for example, biological sex, gender, ethnicity, cognitive and physical abilities, sexual orientation, etc.

18 Sep 2018 description
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Africa

Cameroon

10 August 2018: In Bamenda city, Mezam department, Northwest province, an ambulance belonging to the Bamenda Regional Hospital was shot at by either national military personnel or Ambazonian fighters, seriously wounding a nurse, and slightly injuring the driver. Source: Cameroon-Info

Côte d’Ivoire

13 Sep 2018 description
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Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

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

11 Sep 2018 description
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Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

09 August 2018: In Rutshuru town, North Kivu province, militants from the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) attacked a group from the Norwegian NGO Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), kidnapping six of the aid workers before releasing them again later the same day. Source: ACLED

Nigeria

11 Sep 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation 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.

17 Aug 2018 description
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Threats and violence affecting emergency care

Middle-East and North Africa

Syrian Arab Republic

19 July 2018: In Manjib city and district, Aleppo governorate, a mine exploded near an ambulance carrying patients, slightly injuring the driver and damaging the vehicle. Another mine was later found 25 metres away from the spot. Source: Manbijmc

The Americas

Mexico

16 Aug 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Every day around the world aid workers are affected by violence and threats. For World Humanitarian Day the Aid in Danger project has published new data on the number of aid workers killed, kidnapped and arrested during the first six months of this year to highlight the risks aid workers face while helping or saving the lives of others. You can access the data on the Reliefweb Crises App and on HDX Insecurity Insight.

15 Aug 2018 description
report CARE

15 August 2018. Syria tops the list of most deadly places to be an aid worker for the second year in a row, an analysis by CARE International has found. 76 aid workers have been killed since January 2018, including 42 in Syria where war has been raging since 2011.

13 Aug 2018 description

South Sudan again topped the list of most violent countries in the world in which to deliver aid in 2017, in a report launched by Humanitarian Outcomes. today.

"It's the third consecutive year that South Sudan tops the global list, underscoring the complexities in delivering aid in this war, and the impunity with which armed actors operate when attacking aid workers," said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

12 Aug 2018 description
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This overview document presents available information on KIK incidents1 that affected aid agencies and their staff.

The report is based on incidents identified by Insecurity Insight's monitoring of open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). The available open-source and confidentially shared information is an indication of the number of aid workers killed, injured or kidnapped in the second quarter of 2018. However, no claim is made that the total number of aid workers affected has been documented or is known.

06 Aug 2018 description

Bangui, 6 August 2018 – In the first half of 2018, the protection cluster has recorded 6,629 protection incidents in the Central African Republic (CAR). In the same period, 5 humanitarian actors have lost their lives while on duty. A sixth humanitarian staff was killed on 1 August in Alindao, in south-eastern CAR.

20 Jul 2018 description
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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.

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

Africa

Central African Republic

18 Jul 2018 description
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Threats and violence affecting emergency care

Africa

South Africa 09 June 2018: In Du Noon township, Cape Town city, Western Cape province, unspecified assailants wielding a gun and a knife attacked a group of volunteer paramedics, stealing personal valuables and some of their equipment. Source: News 24

Middle-East and North Africa

13 Jul 2018 description

Geneva – This week IOM, the UN Migration Agency, adopted an innovative new staff security system across IOM missions worldwide. With the Security Communications and Analysis Network (SCAAN), IOM’s 11,000 global staff will be equipped with a mobile app that utilizes geolocation, context-specific advisories, instant headcounts and reporting features to enhance security communications and assistance.

22 Jun 2018 description
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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.

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

Africa

Burkina Faso

20 Jun 2018 description
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This monthly digest comprises threats and violence as well as protests and other events affecting the delivery of and access to healthcare. 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.

Threats and violence affecting emergency care

Middle-East and North Africa
Occupied Palestinian Territories

18 Jun 2018 description
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Sexual violence and abuse are beginning to be recognised as a major problem across the international aid industry. According to the ‘Report the Abuse’ survey, 86% of aid workers know a colleague who has experienced sexual violence associated with their work. Yet sexual violence in humanitarian settings is rarely reported as a security incident. Aid agencies are not reporting sexual violence numbers.

08 Jun 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents incidents affecting aid delivery in 12 countries in the MENA region 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, 520 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.