We have a network of contacts and instructors who have operated throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa and MENA including Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Nigeria.
Over the years I have been caught up in several situations with crowds where things could have gone very bad, very quickly.
I think everyone can conclude these are very dangerous days for journalists, advocates of free speech or anyone else for that matter that voices an opinion…
Kidnapping is a crime that is rampant in Mexico, Venezuela, Iraq and Nigeria
Hostage negotiations are an essential skill to recover those that have been kidnapped.
Security Driving in Hostile Environments needs to e properly planned to prevent such things as kidnapping and hostage incidents
Hostile Environment Training Courses in South Florida and Europe for journalists, corporate and NGO personnel who routinely work in hazardous and hostile environments.
Videos: Piracy in Nigeria and Somalia also The Hostage Business, two good programs by Al Jazeera on kidnap and ransom
Warning: Date Rape, Kidnap and Robbery Drugs! Think about how many times when you have been at bar or club and left your drink unattended….
For a start always remember, if things go bad for whatever reason, you have no support. Your local embassies with do the minimum they are required to do if it gets to the stage of where you need their assistance.