Mark Thomlinson is an ICRC delegate who has recently begun his first mission in Jammu and Kashmir. Mark’s role involves visiting people detained in connection with the situation there and monitoring their treatment and living conditions. In his diary, he explains what working in an ICRC field delegation is like and how it differs from his old life in London, where he spent two years working in the ICRC’s UK office.
What, in three-and-a-half weeks of training, can be done to prepare someone for ‘the field’? What is ‘the field’? At least I know where it is for me: Jammu, a city in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Having worked for the ICRC for the past few years in London, I know something about what the work entails: monitoring conditions of detention, working with the authorities to ensure they meet international norms…but it’s all a bit abstract. Read more..