The Cost of Kidnapping

Aid organizations that sideline security concerns put workers at risk of kidnapping. Between 2002 and 2014, the number of reported kidnappings of aid workers each year quadrupled to 121, according to Abby Stoddard, a partner at Humanitarian Outcomes and the senior program adviser at New York University's Center on International Cooperation.

The surge in kidnappings and a lawsuit against the Norwegian Refugee Council by a kidnapped aid worker has made aid groups less likely to send workers into high-risk environments, limiting humanitarian aid.

Security tips include: Following security protocols, avoiding high-profile white 4-wheel drive vehicles associated with aid workers, and negotiating “safe access” with the local community.
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