CESO Safety and Security Alerts
Message from CESO President and CEO Wendy Harris:
CESO is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its Volunteer Advisors on assignment. Emergency planning and procedures are integral to our operations.
CESO works closely with in-country staff and Canadian embassies to monitor local conditions and to maintain regular contact with all Volunteer Advisors to ensure their safety and security. When cases of risks and/or emergencies arise, CESO in-country staff will immediately notify CESO’s Canadian office to ensure the organization proactively responds and determines whether assignment activities can proceed as planned.
When Volunteer Advisors are on assignment in a region where a safety or security issue has occurred, we will post about it on this page and send an email to all VAs with updates on the situation, as needed.
RECENT SECURITY ISSUES
Ethiopian Airline Crash (March 11, 2019)
By now you know the tragic news of the 157 people who died Sunday in a plane crash near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city.
While no Volunteer Advisors or staff from CESO were on board, many of the passengers from more than 30 countries were affiliated with United Nations work or from several NGOs. Among the victims were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians and seven Britons, the BBC reported today.
We send our condolences to all the families, colleagues and friends of all on board the flight.
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.
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.