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The International Development & Aid Project (short form: IDAP) is a Non-Government Organisation in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Laws of War DLC.

Overview

« This new faction, IDAP, is a non-governmental organization which is specialized in rapidly responding to humanitarian disasters. The faction is composed of new IDAP-branded clothing and gear, including outfits for specialized roles such as Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists, as well as many other tools, supplies, and other items.
Official ArmA 3 Laws of War site description
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Background

Field hospital established on Altis, Republic of Altis and Stratis

Founded in mid 1916, the IDAP is a Dutch NGO that specialises in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Since its founding, the IDAP has provided humanitarian aid to more than sixty million people worldwide and continues to run missions throughout the Green Sea region, Central America, Southern Europe, West Africa, and the South Pacific.

The IDAP also deploys its teaching staff to instruct military personnel on the Laws of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and the dangers of landmines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) to civilians. Informative sessions and open days - which are also available to the general population, are usually run simultaneously with their aid missions.

Their main headquarters are located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Personnel

Aid workers unload cargo supplies airlifted by NATO VTOLs

IDAP's field operations are predominately carried out by volunteer aid workers who form the bulk of the manpower at each crisis centre.

However, IDAP is also formed from an extensive array of support personnel ranging from WATSAN experts (WATer and SANitation), doctors, paramedics, surgeons, health promoters, teachers, builders and engineers.

Ex-military servicemen are also a key part of the organisation's structure, and serve as field consultants for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)-related matters.

Logistics

Common examples of IDAP's supply packages

IDAP maintains a complex supply network that supports almost fifty crisis centres across the globe. They are all supplied through IDAP's main hub located in Amsterdam.

Aid packages can vary depending on the crisis, but are almost always delivered in the form of cardboard boxes or wooden/plastic pallets.

They contain common essentials such as bottled mineral water, sacks of grain and/or rice, long-life foodstuffs (i.e. canned fruit, meat, chickpeas, lentils, soup, biscuits), powered milk and cooking oil. Blankets are also a standard-issue item for recipients displaced by natural disasters or conflicts.

History

Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, more than a million displaced Belgians were forced to flee from the bloodshed and destruction of their homes. To address the growing crisis, a Refugee Council (Dutch: Vluchtelingenraad) was set up in the city of Leiden, South Holland in the Netherlands.

Portrait of Lars Blanken (1922)

Amongst the roots of what would soon form the foundations of the modern day IDAP was Lars Blanken, the only son of Mathjin Blanken. His father was a shipbuilding tycoon who profited immensely from the fighting between the Allied and Central Powers.

In the summer of 1916, Lars suddenly inherited his father's empire due to a series of unforeseen circumstances.

Though disgusted with his father's wealth, which he scathingly described as "bloedgeld" (Dutch for "blood money"), Lars opted to invest his newfound funds into the Refugee Council instead; essentially becoming its primary sponsor. He greatly expanded the RC's scope to provide food and clothing to refugees and war deserters alike from the Western Front.

« Gentlemen, man's humanity has been weighed and found wanting - but together we can tip the scales.
Lars Blanken
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Following the conclusion of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the Refugee Council turned its attention to rebuilding wartorn Europe. They supplied emergency aid to dispossessed citizens forced to relocate overseas.

At this point, Lars and the rest of the RC's founders realised it was no longer a domestic humanitarian aid agency, but that of a global one. It was subsequently renamed to the International Development Council (Dutch: Internationale Ontwikkelingsraad).

In 1973, the burgeoning IDC was finally renamed into its present day name: the International Development & Aid Project (IDAP).

2020

The IDAP was deployed on a mission in the early 2020s to the Green Sea nation of Takistan. The country was still in a state of near anarchy with warring tribes battling one another and the government.

Specialists were sent to assist NATO forces in helping to de-mine the region. Aid workers reinforced existing NGOs being overwhelmed by the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

2026

In the first year of the civil war between Altian government Loyalists and the hardline Altis Armed Forces, IDAP had dispatched a consignment of its aid workers to address the country's growing humanitarian crisis. Workers delivered supplies to civilians supporting both sides but otherwise remained uninvolved with the fighting.

As part of a temporary ceasefire agreement signed between the two factions, an IDAP supply convoy was cleared to be sent through to the mountain village of Abdera on May 11th. However, paramilitary groups allied to the AAF blocked the mountain roads leading into the village as it was settled by pro-Loyalist supporters. The paramilitary fighters deliberately withheld safe passage to delay the aid shipments from getting through.

Loyalist fighters secure an IDAP convoy, allowing aid to flow through to Abdera (2026)

To the surprise of the convoy's aid workers, the Loyalists had planned to launch an all-out assault against their blockade and for good measure, also seized the nearby village of Galati.

Thanks to their efforts, the blockade was finally broken and IDAP's convoy was allowed to pass through unscathed hours later.

2027

The IDAP dispatched aid workers to the Marmara Region, Turkey, following the outbreak of the Marmara Crisis in 2027. Large quantities of fresh water supplies and food rations were distributed to locals as the situation worsened over the subsequent weeks and months.

2029

IDAP once again responded to calls from the Green Sea nation of Chernarus, after numerous reports of civilian deaths caused by land mines pour in.

Numerous explosive specialists supported government forces in helping to complete the demining operation in the South Zagoria region. Many of the mines were scattered deep within the sprawling Black Mountains forest and were leftovers of the civil war over two decades prior.

2032

As part of the organisation's ongoing global demining campaign, a team of EOD specialists were dispatched to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They assisted locals in clearing out suspected minefields in the more isolated regions of the country.

2033

IDAP paramedics operating in Georgetown, Tanoa (2033)

IDAP aid workers were dispatched to the South Pacific island nation of the Horizon Islands.

They assisted the local government in various duties ranging from providing aid to remote villages affected by tsunamis and other natural disasters, and supporting domestic relief agencies.

2034

IDAP missions were conducted in two major regions of the globe:

West Africa

The shaky ceasefire between South and North Lombakka continued to hold firm. However, many civilians in the northern regions of the South's border were constantly caught up in accidents involving land mines leftover from the civil war.

IDAP provided aid to farmers forced to relocate into the larger cities to find work.

Mediterranean

Volunteers arriving to support ongoing operations on Altis, Republic of Altis and Stratis (2034)

The end of the civil war and the signing of the Jerusalem Cease Fire agreement in 2030 would mark an end to the war between the (now defunct) loyalists and the AAF. However, a renewed wave of fighting would break out once more after a new insurgency was formed to resist against the new Altian government.

Four years later, IDAP continued to run its missions in isolated villages and settlements throughout the mainland with the explicit approval of the incumbent government. However, one of their camps based in the mountain village of Oreokastro becomes a major focal point of the fighting when government forces lay siege upon the village due to its armed occupation by the insurgents.

The village is ultimately destroyed when government troops raze it with cluster bombs. The camp was left intact, but the utter destruction forces them to abandon it after government forces evacuate what was left of the remaining survivors and aid workers.

2035

IDAP aid workers continued to run their missions throughout the country in spite of the loss at Oreokastro. Their priorities were predominately focused on demining operations, though supporting civil war refugees and those displaced by the second NATO invasion were also their main priority.

The mission in the Horizon Islands was also extended in light of the South Pacific Disaster, which devastated large parts of the main islands. The situation was further exasperated by the outbreak of fighting between security forces and the rise of an anti-government insurgency calling itself the "Syndikat".

2038-20XX

Distribution centre in Katkoula, Tanoa Province (2038)

Aid teams were immediately dispatched to the Horizon Islands following the outbreak of a super-strain of malaria.

However in spite of their best efforts, doctors and aid workers were unable to stop the diseases' spread as for unexplained reasons, this new strain was simply untreatable by any known means of anti-malarial medication.

Equipment

IDAP's selection of vehicular options

The IDAP relies on a myriad of commercial off-the-shelf civilian and re-purposed military assets for its operations.

Their ground vehicles and aircraft range from minibus vans, ATVs, SUVs, 6x6 flatbed trucks and off-road pickups. EH302 medium-lift helicopters are also rented on occasion to airlift supplies and personnel into hard-to-reach locales.

Land mine removal technicians and aid workers also rely on a mixture of specialist-made EOD/general-purpose and medical delivery drones to carry out various tasks. Some land-based UGVs are also utilised as modern day robotic mules to handle heavy cargo.

Survivors' Stories

Victims of landmines from all walks of life are often interviewed by the IDAP, as part of a series to promote awareness of the dangers they pose - not just to military personnel but to civilians as well:

Sergeant Ben Kerry, U.S. Army soldier

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Transcript:
Sgt. Ben Kerry unwittingly entered a civil war-era minefield while trying to escape government forces on Stratis:

"Although we knew about the landmines on the island, we didn't have much time to think about them - there was a lot of confusion - the Greenbacks [Altis Armed Forces] took us completely by surprise."

"It was one of those nightmare-type scenarios, the kind of thing nobody could ever really plan for. In fact, when the attack happened, I'd been on a logistics run with my squad leader, a guy named Adams, so, we were caught right out in the open."

We moved to a forest - Adams had been in front of me. He was talking and there was an explosion that left my ears ringing. I thought we were under fire, but then realized, we'd somehow entered a minefield."

"As soon as the smoke from the blast had cleared, I saw Adams lying there, dead. I guess you'd probably say I got lucky; if I'd been on my own, there's no doubt that would've been me."

"Still, I was in a pretty bad situation. You didn't have to be a genius to know the statistics weren't in my favor. Few people stumble into minefields and walk away again, or at least, they don't unscathed. Fortunately, we hadn't got too far in and I made it okay."

"Looking back though, I don't remember seeing much in the way of warning signs. Adams, he'd still be alive today if the government had done more. I mean, we could just as easily have been civilians, you know?"

Chidiebere Idowu, South Lombakkan farmer

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Transcript:
Chidiebere Idowu stepped on a civil war-era landmine in South Lombakka when he was seventeen:

"I was caring for our livestock that day and decided to walk a little farther than I usually would, owing to the cooler summer weather. I remember hearing and enormous explosion some distance behind me and immediately thought the ceasefire with the North had been broken, since it sounded very similar to the artillery shells that fell near our old home in Kelakam."

"I did not stop to think a goat had disturbed a landmine. [...] I took two or maybe three steps then trod on one myself. By the time helped arrived all of the animals were either dead or maimed - the noise was awful - indescribable."

"[...] I lost the lower part of my left leg. An aid worker from IDAP later told me that if I had been alone, without the herd, it is possible I would have wandered too far into the minefield. The few steps I took backwards saved my life; as it was, it took them many hours to reach me. A minute longer and I would have lost too much blood."

"The financial impact was severe; we were already poor and our goats were everything. [...] I was lucky. My uncle owned a shop and found me work in the city. For others, the situation is not so good. I have heard of many families going hungry because bread earners cannot continue working; our shepherds, our livestock, the soil in our fields - agriculture is vital to the economy, so it is a terrible problem."

Klara Kozlov, Chernarussian villager

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Transcript:
Klara Kozlov out gathering firewood near her home in Chernarus when her mother triggered UXO:

"The Black Mountain forests were close for us and we knew we would always find good tinder there for the winter, which we had permission to collect. We did not suspect the land around our house contained anything dangerous. It seemed very safe."

"My mother was walking beside me when it happened. She was laughing at something I said and suddenly there was a flash of light and I was knocked to the ground, almost as if I had been struck by a truck, or lightning. To begin with there was no pain at all and I was confused. But then I saw my mother lying next to me. She had lost both legs. I lost one - the right - here" [Klara taps her prosthetic limb and indicates it is jointed at the knee]

"[...] Of course, the wounds are not just physical. My mother survived the explosion but died three years later. She was an independent woman, highly respected in the community. The trauma - the transition from being able to walk to having to rely on the charity and the help of others, mixed, I think, with a sense of guilt for my own condition and the death of her husband, my father, during the war - proved too much."

"[...] Many Chernarussians, like me, do not like to think of ourselves as victims. Leftover bombs and landmines are still here, every month people are getting killed - but with help from the government and organizations like IDAP, we are slowly taking back the land. There is a sense now, that we are moving forward and this gives me great hope for the future and for our children, especially."

Gallery

External links

See also

Non-Government Organisations
Humans in NeedInternational Development & Aid ProjectInternational Disaster Relief OrganisationLudmila Medical NetworkOrganisation of Protesters Demanding Reform
Sub-factions
ArmA: Armed Assault Black ElementResistanceUSMC
ArmA 2 Bystrican MilitiaTakistani Militia
ArmA 3 CTRGIDAPTask Force AegisThe Visitors*Viper
ArmA: Mobile Ops Attidan GuerrillasTask Force
* this sub-faction does not canonically exist within the main Armaverse timeline.
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