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Monguno: Humanitarian Operations At Risk As Aid Actors Begin Evacuation 

Humanitarian assistance in Northeast Nigeria is hindered as aid workers face continued risks from the activities of insurgents.

The escalation in security risks after the abduction of aid personnel in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Monguno on Thursday has led to the activation of emergency evacuation protocols for aid workers in the area. 

HumAngle had earlier reported the security breach in Monguno, the raid of an aid organisation’s compound, and the subsequent abduction of a humanitarian worker and two guards. 

The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) fleet of helicopters often supports movement through air bridges for emergency evacuation and cargo transportation due to the security risks associated with roads in the region. 

Monguno is one of the garrison towns with the highest burden of displaced population and serves as a vital centre for humanitarian operations in northern Borno, an area associated with high levels of risks and which has hard-to-reach communities.

Displaced persons from inaccessible areas such as Kukawa, Marte, and Guzamala are hosted at the humanitarian hub in the garrison town, located about 101km From Maiduguri, the state capital. 

In March 2021, insurgents overran the town of Dikwa, about 90km from Maiduguri, and laid a siege at the United Nations humanitarian hub which forced about 25 aid workers to seek shelter in a bunker. Some were abducted from another facility in the town.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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