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Staying alive: safety and security guidelines for humanitarian volunteers in conflict areas

Staying alive: safety and security guidelines for humanitarian volunteers in conflict areas

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With its expert practical advice on security in situations of armed conflict, this updated set of guidelines will prove invaluable to humanitarian personnel working at the operational level. Following on from the success of the first edition, published in 1999, it addresses new and developing threats such as chemical, biological and nuclear hazards, and includes new chapters on, among others, first aid, staying healthy on mission and how international humanitarian law protects humanitarian workers.

ICRC, Geneva, 2006, 184 pp., 11 x 18 cm, English only / Price CHF 10.- / ref. 0717

http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/p0717
With its expert practical advice on security in situations of armed conflict, this updated set of guidelines will prove invaluable to humanitarian personnel working at the operational level. Following on from the success of the first edition, published in 1999, it addresses new and developing threats such as chemical, biological and nuclear hazards, and includes new chapters on, among others, first aid, staying healthy on mission and how international humanitarian law protects humanitarian workers.

ICRC, Geneva, 2006, 184 pp., 11 x 18 cm, English only / Price CHF 10.- / ref. 0717

http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/p0717

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Published by: International Committee of the Red Cross on Nov 03, 2009
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Do:

. remain calm; if capture is inevitable, accept it and follow

orders;

. recognize the fact that you are now a captive and mentally

accept your change of circumstances;

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. give your captors details of any medical treatment you have

been receiving;

. accept and eat food that is given to you, even if it is

unpalatable;

. prepare mentally for a long wait, perhaps many months,

before your release;

. adopt a realistic attitude of discreet scepticism towards

information passed on to you by your captors;

. systematically occupy your mind with constructive and

positive thoughts;

. plan a daily programme of activity, including daily physical

exercise, and adhere to it;

. try to keep an accurate record of time, even if your watch is

taken away from you;

. take advantage of any comforts or privileges offered to you

by your captors, like books, newspapers or access to the
radio; ask for them;

. keep as clean as circumstances permit; ask for adequate

washing and toilet facilities;

. develop, if possible, a good rapport with your captors and try

to earn their respect; undertake a bit of advertising, telling
them about the work of your organization;

. beware of the possible temptation to and risks involved in

permitting yourself to identify with their cause.

Do not:

. antagonize your captors unnecessarily ---- they have you in

their power;

. permit yourself to be drawn into conversations about

controversial subjects such as politics and religious beliefs;

. allow yourself to become either over-depressed or over-

optimistic;

. commit physical violence or verbal aggression;

. attempt to escape;

. allow yourself to become convinced that you have been

abandoned by your organization or by your family.

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CHAPTER 10

FIRST AID

Seriousinjuryisamajorthreatinconflictandpost-conflictsituations
inwhichhumanitarianstaffwork.Knowinghowtohandleanincident
resulting incasualties---thatis,knowing simplefirst-aidprinciples---
can save lives, even when you have only basic equipment.

It is important to realize that first aid is a practical skill. To be
effective requires practical training and at least some equipment.
Whenyouhavereadthissection,youshouldreflectonwhetheryou
are adequately prepared. To fail to plan for dealing with a serious
injury is to plan to fail when the day comes.

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