This article challenges the way we traditionally think about conflict early warning systems and introduces readers to a new form of aid that can be deployed when civilians are trapped in conflict zones and the chance of reaching them in time with conventional relief and protection is unlikely. The author calls our attention to the “egocentric” tendency of conflict early warning systems to merely warn “outsiders” located away from the conflict zone while failing to also warn those facing the imminent danger of being attacked. Finally, the author introduces and advocates a new form of aid known as Locally-Led Advance Mobile Aid (LLAMA) that would enable threatened populations to build local early warning networks.
This paper is about an archetypal organization for delivering a new form of emergency aid. Locally-Led Advance Mobile Aid (LLAMA) is to be deployed when civilians trapped in conflict are dying and the chance of reaching them in time with conventional relief and protection is unlikely.