Originally published by Carla Kweifio-Okai in The Guardian
Helen Clark, the head of the UN Development Programme, summed up the prevailing climate when she said earlier this year that it was “hard to remember a time when more crises were jostling for space in the headline news”.
Support for humanitarian disasters is limited, and inevitably some situations will remain underfunded or even be ignored. The UN has already cautioned that it will be forced to cut food rations for Syrian refugees if it does not receive more funding, and a similar warning has been sounded about food aid to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a food crisis in Somalia has left more than 1 million people in need of assistance, and there are fears that a plea from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation for more funding is falling on deaf ears.
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