Humanitarian Aid, Conflict and Politics

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Humanitarian Aid, Conflict and Politics Introduction Aid donors often want to ensure that the aid they provide reaches and supports the target population in countries affected by war (Chr Michelsen Institute, & Bergen 2). However, with civilians working as both strategic targets and “militarized” actors targets in the modern-day conflicts, the issue of humanitarian organizations providing relief services in war-torn areas has increasingly been politicized. Factions targeting the civilians in war torn regions see any aid to civilians as “opponents” supporting the enemy (THE ELLIOTT SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 3). The factions view the provision of assistance and resource to the civilians as materially supporting hence supporting one side involved in the conflict. This viewpoint goes against humanitarian relief organization’s “provide aid but take no side” credo. Worse, the politicization of relief or aid may cause those representing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and agencies on the ground to be turned into strategic targets by opposing factions in the conflict. Hostile factions attack representatives of the agency, local and international Non-governmental organizations in the field with a view to obtaining goods and services and to prevent aid from reaching the targeted civilian population by that faction (THE ELLIOTT SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 3). Besides, destruction of aid infrastructure and robbery
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