High-risk insurance for Aid Workers in Afghanistan

24 August 2015

A German national was reportedly kidnapped in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on the 17 August 2015. Security sources said the victim worked for German development agency GIZ, which was the target of another kidnapping in north Afghanistan earlier this year.

The victim was reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen in between Qala-e-Fatullah area, near the city centre, and Taimani area in the north west of the capital. Demands for a ransom have neither been made, nor received, and there have also been no claims of responsibility. 

Afghanistan is one of the world's most dangerous places for aid workers. In 2014, 57 aid workers were killed in Afghanistan according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

Specialist high-risk Afghanistan insurance is essential

The risk of being kidnapped throughout Afghanistan remains a real possibility with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising against all or all but essential travel to different parts of the country

Over 100 westerners have been kidnapped in Afghanistan over the last 10 years, a number of them British nationals, in Badakhshan, Bamyan, Kunar, Kunduz and near the border with Pakistan but the kidnap threat is not isolated to these areas. The motivation and desire to undertake kidnapping in Afghanistan is likely to continue. 

If you have people who are planning to work in Afghanistan, Bellwood Prestbury can organise specialist high-risk Afghanistan insurance. We work with many clients across the Middle East in known conflict zones, providing protection for people, liabilities and assets.

For more information, please contact our experienced team on: +44 (0) 207 305 5650.

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