Aid Workers

The Toughest Day Of Aid Worker Career: Helping Those Devastated By The Mudslide In Sierra Leone

Ben Munson | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Ben Munson

I left at 4am and took the three-hour car journey to the capital. As I approached Freetown, the mudslide was visible from miles away. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. The sheer size of it was frightening.

My Toughest Day As An Aid Worker? The Boxing Day Tsunami

Dr Frank Ryding | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Dr Frank Ryding

When you're in a war-zone you expect trouble. You're mentally prepared. But for those who were caught up in the tsunami they had no warning. They had seconds to react to this great wall of water coming their way. They'd gone on holiday and instead found themselves caught up in a nightmare.

UN Takes Aim at Pay of Single Mothers and Frontline Aid Workers

Ian Richards | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Any organisation that has seen more than 650 of its workers killed or injured on duty in 15 years would need to think hard about how it keeps staff motivated and productive, and how it attracts new talent to replace staff who leave.

From Refugee to Aid Worker - Reflections From the Frontline of Response in War Torn South Sudan

Joseph Ngamije | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Joseph Ngamije

When I was 11 years old, I was forced to become a refugee in my own country, Rwanda. I could see how innocent children and mothers suffered from a conflict they have never started. People died including my own brother. Innocent children were massacred. From then on, I developed a spirit of giving justice to those who are helpless, giving a voice to the voiceless, giving protection to the most vulnerable.

Aid Workers Could Secure Better Protection Under the Protection of Civilians Mandate

Camilla Barker | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Barker

When two aid workers were shot dead in Afghanistan last month, the world's media focused its attention on the dangers of 21st century humanitarianism and the challenges that assistance agencies face in protecting their personnel.

A Call to Respect Aid Workers in Syria

Sir Nick Young | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Targeting and endangering these brave aid workers, who play no part in the conflict and who simply seek to help those most in need, is wholly unacceptable. The humanitarian tragedy that continues unabated in Syria is deplorable and more must be done to ensure aid reaches the vulnerable, and those delivering it are protected.

A Refugee Child Who Has Touched My Heart

Sybella Wilkes | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK
Sybella Wilkes

For over two years, many of these children have had their lives interrupted and have often had to miss school for long periods of time. Many have escaped horrors no child should witness.... Despite all they have been through, these resilient children have inspired so many around them. These photos portray some of the many children who have touched the hearts of UNHCR staff.

Ten Years After the Baghdad Bombing the UN Must Do More to Protect Its Workers From Deadly Attacks

Ian Richards | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Ian Richards

We're no longer the same UN. We're more and more in conflict zones. And we've taken certain decisions that mean we're no longer seen as neutral. The UN flag is now a target instead of a shield. That means we have to change how we go about things, because right now our colleagues and their families are paying too high a price.

Fleeing Gunfire in Mogadishu - Fatuma's Story

Cat Carter | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK
Cat Carter

Thousands of Somalis have been forced to flee an ongoing military offensive in Afgooye Corridor, Southern Somalia. More than 5,000 people have arrived, many on foot and carrying nothing, into overcrowded Mogadishu. I'm standing in Sigale camp, Mogadishu, and the trickle of people struggling in becomes a torrent. Mothers carrying children and their meagre belongings look shattered and collapse under nearby trees.

Tributes Paid To Murdered Aid Worker

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK

Tributes have been paid to a British aid worker whose body was found dumped in an orchard in Pakistan. Khalil Dale, 60, was abducted at gunpoint in...

Aid Workers Face Rising Tide of Emergencies and Hostilities

Davinder Kumar | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK
Davinder Kumar

Imagine walking into a minefield before realising you are in deep trouble and help is hours away. Picture yourself in the middle of a crowd that is fast turning into a mob. Visualise your colleague has been shot at by rebels and has a life-threatening bleeding wound.