Colm O'Molloy is a multi-platform journalist based in Washington D.C., where where he reports on North American stories for BBC News and other outlets. He has extensive experience of working in conflict zones, including Nigeria and Afghanistan. O'Molloy conducted extensive research into global kidnap and ransom trends as a fellow at Columbia University's Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
The recent beheadings of two British aid workers in Syria doesn't surprise those who know the dangers facing humanitarians in such dangerous countries. And with so many ongoing crises around the world, murders, kidnappings and harassment are expected to rise even further. An exclusive feature on aid worker security.
What can international aid groups do to better protect their staff operating in volatile environments where they can get kidnapped or killed? While full security is impossible, here are five starting points from security directors and consultants.