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The Aid in Danger Monthly News Brief, April 2019

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Burkina Faso

10 April 2019: In Dagou town, Foutouri department, Komondjari province, militants presumed to be from JNIM and/or ISGS broke into the home of a municipal councillor and abducted him along with an NGO worker presumed to have been at his home. The councillor’s son had also been abducted three days prior. Source: ACLED1

15 April 2019 (DOA): Update: The Burkinabe Government announced that an Italian missionary, who was abducted in September 2018 in Niger, may have since been held in Burkina Faso. No further details specified. Source: AFP


19 April 2019: In Buea town, South-West region, a national staff member of a local NGO was kidnapped by unidentified armed militants before being released a few days later. Source: UN-OCHA

Central African Republic

04 April 2019: In Ouham prefecture, on the road between Batangafo and Bouca, an MSF staff member who worked at Batangafo Hospital was detained by an unidentified armed group before being held captive in the bush and killed. His motorcycle was also stolen by the perpetrators. Source: ACLED1, AWSD2, MSF, and UN-OCHA

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Throughout April 2019: In North Kivu and Ituri provinces, mistrust of first responders and widespread misinformation propagated by community leaders combined with a highly volatile security situation continued to hamper efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak. Sources:
AP, NBC News, Reuters and The Guardian

19 April 2019: In Butembo city, North Kivu province, unspecified gunmen suspected to be Mayi Mayi militia fighters attacked the Butembo University Hospital and ordered foreigners to go home, accusing them of bringing Ebola to the country. During the attack a Cameroonian epidemiologist of the WHO was shot dead and two other civilians injured. By 25 April 2019, Congolese authorities had arrested 11