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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
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved

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We humanitarians are not very good at reporting security incidents
and even worse at collecting and sharing information on them with
others. Our efforts to collect the relevant data are often erratic and
uncoordinated. We frequently have no clear idea of what exactly
constitutesasecurityincidentandhowtoclassifysuchevents.Nor
is there a precise definition of who is a humanitarian worker and
who isn’t. Often, security incidents and safety-related incidents
(car crashes, health- and hygiene-related mishaps, etc.) get mixed
up, which leads to further confusion. As a result, importantlessons
--- lessons that could save lives in future --- are lost. Without good
reporting and a cross-flow of information, it is difficult to build up a
clear picture of the threat in any given country. Because of poor
incident reporting, we are often forced to work in the dark and
therefore take unnecessary risks.

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