Kidnapping, Another Risk for Aid Workers in Haiti

The first reported kidnapping of aid workers in Haiti raised concern and alarm among the thousands of aid and relief workers in the earthquake-ravaged country, Agence France-Presse reports. Two aid workers of Medecins Sans Frontieres were kidnapped and held for five days before being released unharmed on March 11. MSF refused to comment on the identity of the aid workers and their abductors.

Following the kidnapping, Haitian police forces and foreign security contractors warned of the danger posed by the thousands of criminals who escaped from Haiti’s main prison in Port-au-Prince at the height of the earthquake. Meanwhile, the United Nations said security details of nonprofit organizations working in the country can privately consult U.N. peacekeeping forces for security advice.

“Our security advice is not public information,” a spokesperson of the U.N. stabilization mission in the country said, “There is little point in telling would-be aggressors through the media how we go about protecting ourselves.”

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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