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#Aid Workers

From TheJournal.ie 'We're running out of time': Aid workers racing to help survivors of deadly cyclone in southern Africa Cyclone Idai

'We're running out of time': Aid workers racing to help survivors of deadly cyclone in southern Africa

Aid agencies said they were prepared for the cyclone – but not for the massive floods that followed.

From TheJournal.ie Oxfam aid workers used prostitutes during Haiti relief efforts, report claims Earthquake

Oxfam aid workers used prostitutes during Haiti relief efforts, report claims

A spokesperson has confirmed that no staff employed by Oxfam Ireland were involved in the case.

From TheJournal.ie Irish aid workers are helping to fight the worst humanitarian crisis in the world Yemen

Irish aid workers are helping to fight the worst humanitarian crisis in the world

One in fifty people in Yemen have contracted cholera.

From TheJournal.ie Water cannon used as Jungle camp gets bulldozed Calais

Water cannon used as Jungle camp gets bulldozed

Makeshift shacks were destroyed during the bulldozing.

From TheJournal.ie Bullet-ridden bodies of kidnapped aid workers found in Afghanistan Taken By The Taliban

Bullet-ridden bodies of kidnapped aid workers found in Afghanistan

The Taliban had demanded the release of some of their colleagues in government custody.

From TheJournal.ie 'Facebook can stop Ebola' — says Mark Zuckerberg Together We Can

'Facebook can stop Ebola' — says Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook CEO said he is optimistic that together the Facebook community can help stop the spread of the virus.

From TheJournal.ie What is this new experimental drug treating Ebola patients? Vaccine

What is this new experimental drug treating Ebola patients?

There is no proven cure for Ebola, which has killed more than 1,400 people already.

From TheJournal.ie Experimental Ebola drugs shouldn't just be given to well-off patients, say experts ZMapp

Experimental Ebola drugs shouldn't just be given to well-off patients, say experts

Two US patients and a number of other doctors have been treated with experimental drug, Zmapp, which has never been used on humans before.

From TheJournal.ie "There are so many emergencies to respond to, there aren’t enough people" Aid Workers

"There are so many emergencies to respond to, there aren’t enough people"

World Humanitarian Day takes place on 19 August.

From TheJournal.ie Ebola patient arrives in US and brought to state-of-the-art isolation unit Virus

Ebola patient arrives in US and brought to state-of-the-art isolation unit

Two aid workers are in a serious but stable condition after becoming infected.

From TheJournal.ie Concerns for five aid workers taken away in Syria Syria

Concerns for five aid workers taken away in Syria

The Medecins sans Frontieres members have not been heard from since Thursday evening. Meanwhile, Aleppo is gripped by fighting.

From TheJournal.ie Today honours the aid workers who risk their lives to help others Conflict

Today honours the aid workers who risk their lives to help others

The profile of aid work had changed in the past number of years – but the threat to workers has increased.

From TheJournal.ie Torrential rains hit desert Jordan, floods sweep Middle East Jordan

Torrential rains hit desert Jordan, floods sweep Middle East

In northern Jordan, relief workers distributing aid to Syrian refugees were injured in a “stampede” in a camp where hundreds of tents have been destroyed by the rains.

From TheJournal.ie My Christmas Day: Boiled meat with the prospect of scorpions Read Me

My Christmas Day: Boiled meat with the prospect of scorpions

Merry Christmas from Maban, South Sudan, where Niamh Fleming-Farrell sends dispatches from the frontline of aid workers there.

From TheJournal.ie Aid workers kidnapped in Kenya safely released Kenya

Aid workers kidnapped in Kenya safely released

The four were working with the Norwegian Refugee Council when they were abducted and one of their colleagues was killed during an ambush last week.

From TheJournal.ie NATO rescues four aid workers in 'breathtaking' Afghanistan operation Afghanistan

NATO rescues four aid workers in 'breathtaking' Afghanistan operation

The British led operation took place in the early hours of this morning in Badakhshan province.

From TheJournal.ie Aid workers freed in Yemen Yemen

Aid workers freed in Yemen

The three French workers had been held hostage by al-Qaeda militants for six months. Meanwhile, demonstrations continue (pictured) against the country’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

From TheJournal.ie Somali gunmen kidnap US, Danish aid workers Somalia

Somali gunmen kidnap US, Danish aid workers

The two colleagues work for a Danish organisation which works to remove unexploded mines.

From TheJournal.ie Vehicle found during search for Spanish aid workers Abducted

Vehicle found during search for Spanish aid workers

The MSF employees were kidnapped from the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya by gunmen believed to be part of Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Inside Somalia: How violence is trapping the starving Somalia

Inside Somalia: How violence is trapping the starving

As the Somali government bans foreign aid workers from militant-controlled areas for their safety, the situation deteriorates for the famine-stricken explains Oxfam’s PRO in Somalia.

A TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL AID workers who were murdered by the Taliban had given one of their killers a lift.

The sole survivor of the attack, an Afghan man who was driving one of the aid team’s vehicles, has spoken to AP of the moments leading to their deaths. Six Americans, three Afghans, one German and one British woman were shot dead and robbed by the militants.

Saffiullah said the team stopped to give a lift to three men who were hitching on the side of the road. When the team stopped by a swollen river, two of the hitchhikers continued on their way, but the third man disappeared then returned among a group of 10 who attacked the team.

The medics, their cook and a guard were shot and killed by a grenade. Saffiullah said he had pleaded with the gunmen and quoted the Quran in an attempt to save his life. The militants forced him to carry weapons and baggage and accompany them on a walk for several hours.

The driver said the men appeared to be organised for the attack:

They had leadership. They were well-organized. They were militants.

The International Assistance Mission said the aid workers were not missionaries, as claimed by the Taliban, but were an eye care team working in Nuristan on the invitation of local communities. The agency says it is awaiting the results of an Afghan investigation into the killings, but said:

Our own research suggests that the murders were not a robbery as initially reported in the press. We are now working on the assumption that the attack was an opportunistic ambush by a group of non-local fighters.

THE TALIBAN HAS claimed responsibility for the murders of eight foreign aid workers and two Afghans killed in remote part of the country. It claimed they were “Christian missionaries”. A third Afghan man survived the attack.

The International Assistance Mission has released a statement saying that the aid workers are likely to be members of their eye camp team which had been invited to provide medical assistance by communities based in Nuristan, in the north of Afghanistan.

The foreign victims are believed to be US and German citizens, although their identities have not been confirmed. Passports and possessions were taken by their attackers.

A spokesman for the militants said that bibles and maps had been discovered on the group. He said they were lost and were killed as they tried to escape from their killers.

The Taliban recently released a new code of conduct aimed at improving the group’s approval rating among Afghan civilians, but re-affirmed its intentions to target people it considered agents of international forces. The Afghan government and its supporters are also targeted by the Taliban.