Being an aid worker can be one of the most challenging and dangerous occupations in the world. Not only do you have the enormous responsibility of delivering aid to people quickly, but you can also be risking your own life.
Tragically, over the last 36 years, Islamic Relief has lost eight staff members to bullets and bombs in six countries, while trying to deliver aid and save lives.
In countries such as Syria and Yemen, local staff, not only deal with their own personal tragedies but also reach out to help others under life-threatening situations.
The challenges aid workers face is now the subject of an exhibition opening today at the Imperial War Museum North, “Aid Workers: Ethics under Fire”, which shows the practical, emotional and ethical challenges faced daily. It looks at dilemmas, such as deciding who needs help and which risks to take.
© IWM – Still from interactive exploring whether all aid workers face the same risks. Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire will combine ‘in the field’ testimonies with scenario-based interactives.