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‘Decade of Darfur violence affects more than 250 aid workers’: AWSD

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has highlighted records of more than 250 aid workers who have been “affected by violence” in Darfur in the last decade.

OCHA’s latest Humanitarian Report cites the Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD), that shows that since 2003, 47 aid workers have been killed, 139 injured and 71 abducted in Darfur.

The latest examples include five abducted aid workers who were released last week after 10 days in captivity. Just this week, gunmen threatened the staff of the Garsila office in Central Darfur of the International Medical Corps and stole the payroll.

The recent inter-militia violence in Nyala, capital of South Darfur claimed the lives of two World Vision International employees, critically injuring another, while in June, an NGO doctor was killed in a militia attack on Nertiti camp in Central Darfur.

Graph: Number of aid workers killed, injured and kidnapped in Darfur (2003-2013)

(Source: Aid Worker Security Database/OCHA)

Links:

The OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin (PDF)

Aid Worker Security Database

Related:

Medical NGO workers’ salaries stolen in Central Darfur (30 July 2013)

UN coordinator condemns NGO workers’ deaths in Nyala, South Darfur (7 July 2013)

UN chief: ‘shock, sorrow’ at killing of NGO worker in Nertiti North, Central Darfur (11 June 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/54165

Medical NGO workers’ salaries stolen in Central Darfur

Money intended to pay the salaries of International Medical Corps (IMC) workers has been stolen in a robbery in Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur on Monday.

A witness told Radio Dabanga that “pro-government militiamen attacked the IMC headquarters in the city at about midday on Monday”.

They reportedly threatened the organisation’s guard before making off on motorcycles with SDG217,000 ($50,000) from the treasury – money that was destined to pay the NGO’s workers’ salaries.

According to remarks in Khartoum newspapers today, the acting commissioner of Zalingei, Ali Mohamed Adam, confirmed the incident during a meeting of the locality’s security committee.

Adam said that “there is a broad campaign against motorcycles, as well as to prohibit anyone from appearing in public wearing as masked or military uniform, except the regular forces”.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from the organisation’s headquarters in California, USA, on Tuesday, senior IMC communications officer Jaya Vadlamudi confirmed that the incident occurred, but was not at liberty to supply any further details at this time.

She said that her organisation is primarily grateful that all of their staff are safe following the incident: “We are working diligently to ensure our staff are taken care of.”

“As this is a criminal investigation we cannot comment further on this case, but our primary concern in all of the areas where we work worldwide is the safety of our staff and beneficiaries,” she concluded.

The danger to NGO workers in Darfur was underlined earlier this month when two employees of World Vision International died when their compound was targeted during inter-militia violence in Nyala, capital of South Darfur.

As reported by Radio Dabanga last week, the UN has communicated to all UN agencies and international NGOs to take necessary precautions by restricting unnecessary movements. “Government police patrols have been reinforced around UN and international NGO residences and compounds, according to the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).

File photo by Albert González Farran/Unamid

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/54052

NGOs warned of abduction risk in Nyala, South Darfur

The latest bulletin from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that on 15 July, “government security forces informed humanitarian agencies of the presence of criminal groups” in Nyala, capital of South Darfur.

The OCHA report continues that “government security forces and the UN have warned of threats of carjacking and abductions targeting UN and international NGO vehicles and international staff members in Nyala town.”

As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, violence broke out in Nyala, capital of South Darfur and Sudan’s second-largest city, during the first week of July, between government militias, leaving claiming several lives and left dozens injured. Among the dead were two World Vision International employees who lost their lives when their compound in Nyala was targeted.

OCHA reports that the UN has communicated to all UN agencies and international NGOs to take necessary precautions by restricting unnecessary movements. “Government police patrols have been reinforced around UN and international NGO residences and compounds, according to the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).

“The Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) has issued an official statement that Al Matar area in Nyala town – where fighting recently took place – is considered insecure due to the presence of armed militias and unexploded ordnance.”

Agencies have been encouraged to relocate guesthouses, to reinforce security guards, and for now, only essential staff should work in offices in the area, the statement concludes.

Related:

UN coordinator condemns NGO workers’ deaths in Nyala, South Darfur (7 July 2013)

South Darfur imposes curfew in Nyala after militias clash (5 July 2013)

Nyala locked-down after fighting, looting in South Darfur capital (4 July 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/53904

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