The conflict in Syria – the most dangerous country in the world for the press in 2012 – has put freelancers' safety in the spotlight, spawning a debate about how reporters should approach the world’s conflict zones, when they lack the backing of a media organization.
Not only journalists are at the hands of harm, but also humanitarian aid personal are a target. In a grey world, with different translations of the word 'enemy', many conflict zones are unbelievably dangerous.
Our experience - Your knowledge.
The founder & CEO of Project Gecko is Israeli. His experience of living & working among hostile environments is part of his life and so is with the culture. We are not another 'advisors' or 'consultants', who tell you how it is down there based on a 4 month tour. We want to share our life experience, culture experience and the right approach towards co - existing & surviving such a different environment.
2014 - As a fact.
With the recent increasing incidents against humanitarian \ media personal, it became clear that a series of skills set is required upon those environments. The infamous ISIS, beheading the two American journalist later on 2014, brought again to the spot light the questions of PERSEC in those environments.
According to the excellent Committee to Protect Journalists, here’s a hit list of the deadliest countries to work in (numbers indicate how many journalists got killed in 2013):
Iraq 166, Philippines 76, Syria 68, Algeria 60, Russia 56, Pakistan 54, Somalia 53, Columbia 45, India 32, Mexico 30, Brazil 29, Afghanistan 26, Turkey 21, Sri Lanka 19, Bosnia 19, Tajikistan 17, Rwanda 17, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory 16, Sierra Leone 16, Bangladesh 14.
In Conflict zones or war zones - One thing is clear - You are a target. The rest is unknown, unless you do your home work. We at Project Gecko believe that the following skills should be acquired by any person working \ traveling is such kind of environments.
- Planning & preparation
- The environment characteristics
- Cultural aspects & considerations
- Navigation skill
- Defensive weapon familiarization
- Vehicles & checkpoints
For further information & questions regarding available programs \ seminars contact us HERE.