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Aid Worker Security Report 2018

Unfortunately, casualties do happen in the humanitarian aid sector. During the amazing work that they do, humanitarians expose themselves to certain risks. This is particularly true if they are working in conflict zones. However, with sufficient risk assessment and preparation, it is often possible to prevent these casualties.

Humanitarian Outcomes releases an annual Aid Worker Security Report based on the Aid Workers Security Database. It provides at-a-glance figures as well as a detailed report of incidents, their causes, and where they happened. This knowledge is helpful in planning, preparedness, and risk mitigation.

Summary of the Report

In 2017, there was a total of 313 aid worker victims. Of them, 139 were killed, 102 wounded, and 72 kidnapped. Hearing these numbers is a saddening fact, and we share our condolences with the families of those who gave their lives for the greater good.

The 158 incidents of violence against humanitarians took place in 22 countries. Of these, most occurred in South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, and the Central African Republic. Each of these countries is a violent conflict zone. Violence particularly escalated in South Sudan.

Despite all efforts, there was a 30% rise in fatalities in 2017 compared to 2016. Additionally, many of the conflict zones are currently not accessible for international humanitarian workers. Therefore, the majority of the victims belonged to local NGOs.

Staying Safe in the Field

Humanitarians are #notatarget. They are independent and neutral individuals who are on the ground to help victims of the conflict. However, warfare does not always play out according to rules.

The main takeaway from this report is that we need to continue to provide further safety and security for aid workers. Of course, most countries are acceptably safe, particularly in non-conflict contexts. However, it is important to acknowledge the existence of these risks and address them.

That’s why we encourage our travelers to take all possible precautions to stay safe in the field. For example, we have compiled a list of humanitarian risk assessment resources. Here, you can access the different online tools available for assessing and mitigating risk in the field.

In addition, we place a strong focus on the Duty of Care. We believe in our own Duty of Care to our clients. But we also encourage volunteers and staff to acquaint themselves with what Duty of Care means in their organization. You can learn the basis of the legal and moral Duty of Care in this article.

Raptim Duty of Care

As we mentioned earlier, we take Duty of Care very seriously. It is one of the cornerstones of our services. We believe in our own Duty of Care, and encourage organizations we work with to do the same. What does this mean to us? It means that we accompany our travelers at every step of the way to keep them safe.

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We provide pre-departure alerts and notifications. During your mission, we ensure communication between you and your organization. This includes geolocation and push notifications. Additionally, we continue the relationship with our travelers when you return. We continue to provide updates and emergency support as needed.

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