International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members 2018
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International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members 2018

Today is the international day of solidarity with detained and missing staff members 2018. Therefore we stand in solidarity with detained and missing aid workers around the globe. March 25th marks the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett in 1985, whose body was later found in 2009. The United Nations (UN) commemorates this day annually through the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. This day is meant to bring awareness to safety and security risks that humanitarian aid workers face each day. It is also a platform to encourage all countries to adopt and implement the relevant international legislature, including the 1994 Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel.

Facts about Detained and Missing Staff Members 2018

One of the fundamental principles of humanitarian work is impartiality. This means that not only does humanitarian work not discriminate on aid delivery. But it also aims to provide support to those who are most in need and are most vulnerable. For aid workers, this means frequent deployments to the harshest conflict zones and areas affected by natural disasters. In these contexts, risks begin to run high and their safety and security may become compromised. While international conventions are in place to protect aid workers and deploying organizations make a strong effort to protect and train their staff, negative outcomes happen. According to the Aid Workers Security Database, 1,128 aid workers were killed between 2006 and 2016, 1,158 were injured, and 968 were kidnapped. Based on their data, the most dangerous countries for aid workers over the last decade are Afghanistan, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

6 Essential Resources for Aid Workers

Aid workers with support, knowledge, and information are better prepared for the situations that they may face in the field. Here are 6 essential resources for aid workers that can provide a better preparation;

  1. International Conventions: Aid workers are protected through a number of international conventions. Essentially they make detention and murder a war crime in the eyes of international law. One of the principal documents of international humanitarian law — the Geneva Conventions — aims to protect those who are working on the ground in conflict zones but are not part of the hostilities. Meanwhile, the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel specifically sets out a protection code for UN workers in the field.
  2. Aid Workers Security Report 2017: This report provides statistics on the attacks against humanitarian aid workers between 2007 and 2016. It also analyzes the patterns of behavior exhibited by perpetrators in different situations and provides examples of possible engagement and negotiation tactics.
  3. Staying Alive: Safety and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Volunteers in Conflict Areas: This guide was prepared and published by the International Committee of Red Cross and provides practical advice on how to act in security-sensitive situations in areas with active armed conflict. The guide is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.
  4. European Interagency Security Forum (EISF): The EISF represents humanitarian organizations based in the European Union that are acting internationally through a network of security focal points. It also provides a library of resources, statistics, training, and
  5. Aid in Danger Project: This project is equivalent to a think tank which analyzes data on every negative event that happens while delivering aid. The analysis is then available through reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, publications, and
  6. Humanitarians Always Focus on the News: It is important to focus on the latest developments in your surroundings when you are in the field. Here are 19 new resources to follow.

Raptim Duty of Care

At Raptim, we understand the risks that humanitarian aid workers face on a daily basis. This is why, beyond travel services, we provide Raptim Care. We make it easier to stay connected with other people in the field and those based in headquarters. Our improve two-way communication between coordinators and their field teams. These systems include the possibility of tracking and monitoring, push notifications, alerts, app-powered localization, and also reporting.

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