… and it’s likely to get more difficult in the future, but not just in Afghanistan.
IRIN reports on an ICRC comment that humanitarian work has never been more difficult. Although the warning is specific to Afghanistan, we suggest it may foreshadow similar warnings in the future. The ICRC said:
[The warning was[ echoed by the head of the ICRC in Afghanistan, Reto Stocker: “Humanitarian work has never been as difficult as now… 2009 will be a very difficult year for Afghanistan and its people,” he said on 17 March. This is the first time that the UN and the ICRC have made such a bleak forecast - one that is highly relevant for the aid community.
In a statement which could apply to many regions, and increasingly so in the future, the warning concluded “We are already dealing with a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan,” said Stocker, adding that more hostilities, inaccessibility and drought could produce further suffering for vulnerable communities.”