Since 2002, Steve Dennis has dedicated himself to humanitarian aid work in the field, collaborating with various NGOs and UN agencies.
During his service in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya in 2012, a convoy Steve was traveling in fell under attack by armed men. The assailants shot five staff members, including Steve (who sustained injuries), and kidnapped him along with three colleagues, transporting them into Somalia. After a few harrowing days, they were rescued in a subsequent violent confrontation.
In 2015, Steve achieved a court ruling that exposed gross negligence within his former organization, highlighting a pervasive disregard for staff safety throughout its hierarchy.
In the aftermath, Steve shifted his focus to working with individuals as a Recovery Coach and Survivor Advocate. He also became a consultant for organizations, advising on the enhancement of duty of care, the implementation of more efficient recovery processes, and the reinforcement of accountability. Furthermore, Steve actively promotes the destigmatization of mental health and advocates for a survivor-centric support approach.
Friday 8th Dec 2023