Twenty years after Novye Atagi: A call to care for the carers

Working in the humanitarian sector as an aid worker has become a dangerous endeavour, with attacks against humanitarian workers becoming more common. In this personal story by a former head of office at an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) surgical hospital, a short, violent encounter leads to a long journey of recovery. There is an important role for the community in supporting the healing process; the author suggests that an integral and collaborative involvement by organizations like the ICRC is effective in addressing the impact of violence directed towards humanitarian aid workers.

About the author

Christoph Hensch
International Committee of the Red Cross

Christoph Hensch is a former Executive Director of the Mandala Foundation and Independent Consultant. He was Head of Office at the ICRC surgical hospital in Novye Atagi in 1996.