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Aid workers say Ethiopia air strike in northwest Tigray killed 56 people

Aid workers say Ethiopia air strike in northwest Tigray killed 56 people

AN air strike in Ethiopia's Tigray region killed 56 people and injured 30, including children, in a camp for displaced people, two aid workers told Reuters, citing local authorities and eyewitness accounts. Military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane and government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's spokeswoman Billene Seyoum did not respond to a request for comment. The government has previously denied targeting civilians in the 14-month conflict with rebellious Tigrayan forces. The spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) that has been fighting the central government, Getachew Reda, said in…
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Sexual abuse during humanitarian operations still happens. What must be done to end it

Sexual abuse during humanitarian operations still happens. What must be done to end it

THE World Health Organization (WHO) is under fire after allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse surfaced last month. More than 50 women accused aid workers from several organisations of crimes that took place during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 10th Ebola outbreak. CHEN REAIS, Associate Clinical Professor and Director, Humanitarian Assistance Program, University of Denver In response, the WHO launched an independent investigation into the allegations. The investigation identified 83 alleged perpetrators, including 21 individuals who worked for the WHO during the Ebola response. It detailed failures of leadership by those responsible for the Ebola response and those in charge…
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Inside Story: How we broke the Ebola sexual abuse scandal

Inside Story: How we broke the Ebola sexual abuse scandal

PAISLEY DODDS EARLY last year during a trip to the Ebola outbreak zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we were tipped off that aid workers might be sexually abusing and exploiting women. “Oh, they love our ladies,” reporter Robert Flummerfelt was told in March 2019 at a bar in Butembo, one of two hubs for workers trying to contain the virus in Congo’s northeast. “They arrive in military convoys to take the sick for treatment, and they are always taking the women.” Even though the practice seemed well known, we were warned few women would talk. “The victims of…
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New sex abuse claims against aid workers exposed in Congo

New sex abuse claims against aid workers exposed in Congo

ROBERT FLUMMERFELT and ANGE KASONGO MORE than 20 Congolese women have accused aid workers of sexual abuse in new claims that include rape and unwanted pregnancies, with United Nations investigators uncovering similar allegations of workers exploiting vulnerable women. The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation spoke to 22 women in Butembo who said male aid workers responding to an Ebola crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo offered them jobs in exchange for sex. The claims come as donors pressure aid groups to do more to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse while assisting the world's most vulnerable, and follow a joint investigation by…
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Convoy ambush in eastern Congo kills one aid worker

Convoy ambush in eastern Congo kills one aid worker

ARMED attackers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed one aid worker and took two others temporarily hostage after ambushing their convoy on Wednesday, Christian charity World Vision said. The convoy was returning from a mission to deliver food to vulnerable communities in North Kivu province, which has been plagued by instability and militia violence for over two decades. "Two of our staff were missing for over 18 hours but are now safely with the larger team awaiting evac (evacuation). We're thankful for community intervention to secure their release," World Vision's director in Congo Anne-Marie Connor told Reuters on Thursday.…
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Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria execute four aid workers

Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria execute four aid workers

ISLAMIST militants in northeast Nigeria have executed four aid workers and a private security guard, according to a video seen by Reuters. The International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger, both aid groups, confirmed the killing of their colleagues and other humanitarian workers in statements condemning the executions. Last month, the militants released a video in which the hostages identified themselves. The execution underscores the increasing risk for aid workers in northeast Nigeria, where a decade-long conflict with Boko Haram and Islamic State's regional ally has fuelled one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. "You that are working for infidel…
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EXCLUSIVE-Half aid workers report racism at work in past year – poll

EXCLUSIVE-Half aid workers report racism at work in past year – poll

SONIA ELKS HALF of aid workers have experienced racism at work in the past year, with staff and activists saying agencies are failing to combat discrimination in their ranks, a global survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and aid consultancy Aid Works found. An online survey of 286 aid workers in 63 countries found 143 people had experienced racism at work in the past year, ranging from having contributions overlooked, to pay disparities and overt racist comments, but fewer than half reported it. The findings come as aid agencies face closer scrutiny, with sexual abuse scandals tarnishing a $30 billion…
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Congo to investigate ‘jobs-for-sex’ accusations during Ebola outbreak

Congo to investigate ‘jobs-for-sex’ accusations during Ebola outbreak

NELLIE PEYTON  DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo will investigate accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers that were uncovered by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The New Humanitarian, the country's health minister has announced. Five U.N. agencies and international NGOs have also launched inquiries after 51 women accused mainly foreign aid workers of demanding sex in exchange for jobs during the 2018-2020 Ebola crisis. "We are sending a team next week to investigate," Congo's health minister, Eteni Longondo, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "The aim is to know the truth and understand exactly what happened, and then we can…
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Calls for punishment, aid sector reform after sex abuse scandal in Congo

Calls for punishment, aid sector reform after sex abuse scandal in Congo

PHILIP KLEINFELD AID organisations have vowed to probe allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by Ebola response workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an investigation by The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation prompted widespread outrage and calls for change. More than 50 women recounted abuse – many of them multiple incidents – by men who said they were aid workers in the 2018-2020 Ebola response, often promising jobs for sex. Five of the seven NGOs and UN agencies implicated have pledged to open inquiries into the allegations, which centred on the eastern town of Beni. Nigel…
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Congo ‘jobs-for-sex’ expose prompts calls for greater scrutiny of aid workers

Congo ‘jobs-for-sex’ expose prompts calls for greater scrutiny of aid workers

NELLIE PEYTON VETTING aid workers more closely and giving women more power is critical to tackle sex abuse in humanitarian crises as exposed in a joint investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The New Humanitarian, aid experts said on Wednesday. In the expose, 51 women recounted multiple incidents of abuse by mainly foreign aid workers during the 2018-2020 Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, many saying men demanded sex to get a job or ended contracts if they refused. At least 30 women said workers from the World Health Organization (WHO) were involved and women also reported…
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