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Safety and Security Alerts


Bogotá, Colombia (January 18, 2019)

CESO regularly monitors the safety and security of our Volunteer Advisors (VAs) and staff. We want to inform you of recent violence in Colombia, where we have staff members working and one VA on the ground.

On January 17, 2019, a car bomb exploded in front of a police academy in Bogotá, Colombia, killing 21 people and injuring 68. Our VA in the city of Medellin, Colombia, is safe as are our in-country representatives.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will remain in constant contact with the country representatives and the VA in the area.

CESO’s commitment to the security and safety of our staff and VAs is paramount in all we do in the world.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Gale Lee
Director, International Services, Asia, Americas and the Caribbean


Burkina Faso (Jan. 17, 2019)

CESO has decided to temporarily withdraw its Volunteer Advisors (VAs) currently in Burkina Faso and to suspend future deployment there until safety and security levels improve. 
We have notified our three VAs in the West African country and they are returning home in the coming days. 

CESO’s commitment to the security and safety of our staff and VAs is paramount in all we do in the world. News of a murdered Canadian mining executive and a Canadian tourist missing since December has elevated our safety concerns. CESO’s decision is also based on the Global Affairs Canada travel advisory to “avoid non-essential travel to Burkina Faso due to the threat of terrorism.” 
We will monitor the situation and the alert levels as determined by Global Affairs Canada before considering when, and whether, CESO will deploy its people to Burkina Faso. 

Thank you.

Wendy Harris
President and CEO 

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