From Missionary to Mercenary: OBS Launches New Community Platform for Conflict Zone Travellers and Workers

Aug 06, 2013, 09:17 ET from Organisation for Better Security (OBS)

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SLIEMA, Malta, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Organisation for Better Security's (OBS) ( new website includes daily travel alerts, first-hand regional topical analysis, renowned conflict zone journalist Robert Young Pelton's exclusive Country Reports, RSS news feeds and safety and travel advice to its members.


"Journalists, translators, aid workers, contractors, and adventurers travelling in dangerous places can benefit from our up-to-date intelligence of potential threats, changes in security levels, and advice on accessing medical services," said Christopher Catrambone, OBS Founding Member. "Armed with the most current information our members can avoid or better handle the situations that can cause injury and death."

Founded in Malta in 2012, OBS is a non-profit organisation that offers free membership featuring access to level-headed safety advice, cool analysis and on-the-ground reporting. The diverse spectrum of members underscores a core value of OBS: everybody needs safety information in conflict zones.  Where else in the world can one find a place where contractors, missionaries, private security guards and aid workers commiserate, cajole, and communicate?

OBS uses every resource possible to deliver the best information available. Fact-checkers source raw field reports, triangulate them with local sources, and are published within the hour. Meanwhile, researchers continue sifting the news so that members don't have to.

Chris Catrambone: "Annually-published fact books are great if you're going to Canada. OBS covers countries whose safety levels change daily: Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and Syria, to name a few. Not knowing the current conditions in these places could have major consequences."

OBS combines social networking, hourly conflict zone alerts, in-depth country reports, and videos to create a truly unique platform for sharing news and advice on dangerous places. OBS members can directly benefit from this reporting through a heightened awareness of risks pertinent to their location. Safety and security information change frequently in conflict zones, having knowledge of conditions on the ground could make all the difference.

Visit the OBS website at to register and gain free access to current information about the world's most conflicted locations. Be informed, aware and proactive with OBS at your side.

Sayed Ahmadi | Director, OBS | 7 St Trophimus Street | Sliema SLM1119 | MALTA
+356 2701 7045 | |

SOURCE Organisation for Better Security (OBS)