Delivering Aid in Dangerous Places

Published on 07 August 2011

As the famine in Somalia grows more desperate by the day, international aid organizations are feeling the pressure to step up efforts to help prevent mass death and starvation.(..) The same holds true in places like Afghanistan, Sudan, and Pakistan, which count among a small number of highly violent environments, with vulnerable populations suffering from natural disasters, resource shortages, soaring food prices, and rampant terrorism. (..) Gordon Brown, a longtime field security officer for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), says that for the U.N., there is no dilemma as to whether to provide aid or not. “We just need to decide how to provide aid to the safest extent possible,” said Brown in a telephone interview from WFP headquarters in Rome.

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