Perhaps you saw the CNN piece on the State Department’s warning on the 35 nations in which Americans should be wary of kidnapping risks. (Hint: The most likely nations were Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine (in Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine), Venezuela, and Yemen.
Basically, they’re the countries in which you’re probably working.
So what do you do? Hunker down, hoping to stay out of crossfires? Hire a security team with lots of black SUVs to follow you around? Do most of your outreach via Facebook? Those are all options. How have YOU settled the risks in YOUR part of the world? What’s YOUR level of discomfort? What makes YOUR level of discomfort too high for its own good? Click comment and share, but please feel free to speak confidentially and feel free to refer to your location only in generalities, if you prefer. (And thanks to Justin for pointing us to this article!)