Eamonn Meehan: Total absence of political will to stop humanitarian crises emerging is the biggest issue
AROUND the world today there are approximately 125 million people – almost 20 times the combined Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland populations – in need of humanitarian assistance.
Humanitarian aid saves lives when disaster strikes. Sadly, however, the humanitarian system is creaking and is increasingly unable to respond adequately to growing need.
Much of the pressure on the system stems from a failure of politics to tackle the underlying causes of humanitarian crises. Rather than act to resolve these crises, the political system often exacerbates them.