University of Birmingham - Protect and survive

February 18, 2010

Humanitarian aid agencies must strike a reasonable balance between looking after their own safety and carrying out their duties, a lecturer who travelled to Haiti to help victims of the earthquake has urged. Moustafa Osman, who went to Haiti with the agency Islamic Relief, teaches a course on disaster management at the University of Birmingham. He said of his experiences: "There were several times that I felt my life was in danger. I confiscated a machete and temporarily evacuated some of my colleagues from the camp."

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