Fixing A Broken Humanitarian System

The US hold on food and medical aid at the Venezuelan border in exchange for specific demands is deeply problematic and part of a larger issue. Globally, aid has also been compromised in Syria and Yemen.
 
The Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health’s Paul Spiegel contends that attaching strings to aid degrades humanitarian principles like neutrality and impartiality. It also “weaponizes” both aid and aid workers.
 
Spiegel proposes 2 solutions to bolster humanitarian integrity in conflicts: enforcing the Geneva Convention and providing cash interventions—as opposed to food and tents—to spur local economies and minimize the number of aid groups involved.
 
NPR’s All Things Considered

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