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The Aid in Danger Monthly News Brief, January 2020

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Central African Republic

20 January 2020: Near Dere/Kpakaya village, Nana-Grébizi prefecture a national LNGO aid worker was shot and injured in an ambush on their NGO vehicle by unidentified armed perpetrators. Source: AWSD1

Democratic Republic of the Congo

13 January 2020: In Bandibwane village, Mambasa territory, Ituri province, local community members, some with machetes, attacked a team of 18 Red Cross volunteers whilst they were performing a burial service of a suspected Ebola victim, injuring four of them. They were attacked after community members heard a rumour that the team had removed organs from the dead body. All staff members were taken to the Nyankunde Hospital, two of them seriously wounded. Source: AWSD1 , IFRC and VOA


09 January 2020: In Tessalit commune and cercle, Kidal region, a rocket attack of unidentified origin on a MINUSMA base wounded 20 people, including 18 Chadian peacekeepers. Source: Reuters

13 January 2020: In Débéré village, Douentza cercle, Mpoti region, an unspecified number of aid workers were kidnapped and later released by unidentified gunmen. Their vehicle, phones and other belongings were also seized. It is unclear if they were returned. Source: ACLED2


16 January 2020 (DOA): Update: Three aid workers and other civilians – who had been held hostage by unidentified Islamic Statealigned insurgents since December 22 – were freed. Sources: AFP, Reuters I, Reuters II, The New Arab and The New York Times

18 January 2020: In Ngala local government area, Borno state, unidentified non-state armed group operatives launched a violent attack against a humanitarian hub housing five UN staffers. An entire section of the facility along with one of the few vehicles used by the UN for movement and aid delivery were burned down. Sources: Africa News, UN News and Vanguard

Around 27 January 2020: In northeast Nigeria, insecurity caused by Boko Haram activity continued to put 1.2 million Nigerians beyond the reach of aid workers. Source: VOA

South Sudan

13 January 2020: On the Yirol-Awerial road, near Awachi village, Awerial county, Lakes state, a UN Ugandan male truck driver was assaulted and taken to a local clinic when his convoy was attacked. The convoy of 24 trucks was travelling from Juba to Warrap when unidentified armed men ambushed the trucks. The staff member was beaten and robbed, along with other trucks in the convoy. Source: AWSD1

15 January 2020: Near Seven Days' roundabout, Juba, a national INGO aid worker was injured after criminals attempted to steal their backpack, forcing them off their moving motorbike. According to official reports, the perpetrators are likely associated with the Toronto Boys. Source: AWSD1

17 January 2020: In Kauch village, Guit county, Unity state, a national LNGO aid worker was seriously injured when a group of armed men attacked a clinic in a suspected revenge killing attack. The injured staff member was evacuated to Bentiu for treatment. Eight other INGO aid workers were also relocated from the site. Source: AWSD1

29 January 2020: In the Duk Poktap area, Duk county, Jonglei State, a 10-truck INGO convoy was ambushed and fired upon by unidentified armed men. One aid worker was shot in the leg while the other staff members were able to escape on foot. Source: AWSD1