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What’s Unsaid | Double standards leave local aid workers unprotected

‘Take care of your staff. Be sure they have the same level of support as your staff in HQ.’

What's Unsaid podcast teaser picture with a portrait photo in black and white of Othman Moqbel, over a radial gradient background. The color at the center is a purplish blue and the color outside is green. On the top right, a bit skewed to the right we see the title of the podcast: What’s Unsaid.

When a crisis hits, protection and evacuation measures are usually reserved for foreign aid workers – despite local staff being the backbone of the international humanitarian system. 

Why is the same duty of care not extended to all aid workers – why does this double standard persist? 

Othman Moqbel is the CEO of Action for Humanity, an aid organisation trying to provide equal protection for all staff. He joins The New Humanitarian’s Senior Africa Editor Obi Anyadike on the latest What’s Unsaid episode. 

“I don’t really believe that money should be an excuse,” Moqbal says. “I think it’s related to the leadership of organisations; it's related to the senior team and how they understand dealing with locals and international staff.”

What’s Unsaid is the new bi-weekly podcast exploring the open secrets and uncomfortable conversations that surround the world’s conflicts and disasters, hosted by staff editors Obi Anyadike and Ali Latifi.

Guest: Othman Moqbel, CEO Action for Humanity 

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