Additional information gathered from various sources during the week indicates that the threat level for humanitarian agencies operating in Somaliland has not fundamentally been modified despite the updated British travel alert that was issued on 27 January 2013
The "specific threat" that was mentioned in that travel alert was not directed at humanitarian agencies.
Precautionary measures that were suggested on 28/12 can be lifted, namely:
Avoiding sending international staffs to Somaliland for unessential missions.
Avoiding unessential movements of international staffs already in Somaliland.
However humanitarian agencies should:
Avoid concentrating international staffs - particularly American or European - in compounds with poor protection.
Review their compound protection particularly considering a generic threat of kidnapping.
Maintain a high level of vigilance and ensure all staffs report suspicious behaviour to their managers.
Additional information can be obtained on demand from NSP.