Friday 22 September 2017

Eamonn Meehan: Total absence of political will to stop humanitarian crises emerging is the biggest issue

Greek policemen stand next to migrants at a makeshift refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
Greek policemen stand next to migrants at a makeshift refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

By Eamonn Meehan

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.

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