internationally in July 2003 as
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LINK TO: Security briefing from a former British Army
We’ve spoken to a number of security gurus. Five pointers from “Shaft”:
*ONLY YOU are responsible for your safety. Your actions will determine your future.
*HEALTH - People working under pressure must keep themselves in excellent physical condition. You must allow time for relaxation, even if this means putting off important work. Get regular periods of leave because the physical affects the mental.
*CONDUCT - Avoid behaviour likely to arouse suspicion. Cameras, binoculars and tape recorders should be used with discretion and only after the necessary permission has been granted.
*OFFICIAL PROPERTY - When faced with an attacker whose main purpose seems to be looting rather than physical harm, DO NOT PUT THE LIVES of the staff in jeopardy over protecting organization equipment.
*KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN - If there is danger avoid the instinct to see what it is going on, do not expose yourself and do not move unless you’re going from a place of greater danger to a place of less danger.
Handicap International Belgium (HIB) runs
mine awareness courses for aid-workers and journalists. 3-4 sessions run per
week for up to 20 participants (09:00-11:00, 14:00-16:00). Sessions are in
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More than 730 km2 of contaminated land makes
· There is another 500 km2 of battlefields littered by UXO and/or landmines.
· 150 to 300 people are injured or killed by mines or UXO every month.
De-mining has cost 666 million US
dollars since the UN Mine Action Program for
There are reports of good medical care from
There’s a German Field Hospital and
In an emergency make sure your colleagues know your evacuation plan and have your health details to hand.
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