Meet Field Office Basra, Iraq, the winners of the monthly photo competition!

The task is simple: take your camera and snap safe or unsafe road users or traffic situations. Or show us what kind of road safety signs are used on your country of operations. All this with the aim to raise awareness for staff to be safe whilst traveling on the roads – and for Vision Zero, UNHCR’s ambition to reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries to zero.

With this in mind, the colleagues in the Basra field office took on the challenge. The topic that they wanted to show in the Safe Road Users category was quickly found: the importance of wearing a seatbelt, no matter where you are seated in the vehicle, no matter how long your journey is.

Buckling up is a lifesaver. When used correctly, wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants by 45%, and risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%. For those riding in the rear of the vehicles during a crash, rear seat belts are 73% better at preventing fatalities.

The winning picture of March: Ms. Elaf Kandouo and Mr. Adil Taher in Basra, Iraq are taking careful actions to be safe on the roads before they start their journey.

‘Entering the Safe Road Use Photo Competition was already an opportunity to talk to staff about the importance of seatbelts’, Mr. Manuchehr Kholov, Head of Field Office in Basra explains. He added ‘Being selected as one of the winners in this competition was good fun too; with the prizes we received we organized a small get-together and re-iterated that we – as UNHCR staff – always need to be safe on the roads. Particularly in Iraq where road traffic crashes rank as one of the leading causes of death’.

UNHCR staff in Basra, Iraq, celebrating their win in the Safe Road Use Photo Competition.

The Safe Road Use Photo Competition runs until end of June 2017. You can still send in your pictures and who knows…maybe your picture is selected by our jury. Click here to get more information.


Photo: Winner in the “Safe People” category: Always buckle up before you start the engines
Manuchehr Kholov, Elaf Kandouo, Adil Taher and Hayder Ketibani, staff members from Field Office Basra, Iraq
Published in Safe Road Use Newsletter, 2017 March.