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Aid Under Fire in Afghanistan

November 12, 2010

Mikhail Hoffman, Head of the humanitarian agency Medecins Sans Frontieres in Afghanistan makes some very important points about the need to separate humanitarian aid from military goals. The further blurring of the lines between humanitarian assistance and assistance that is given as part of the hearts and minds approach is not only endangering the lives of aid workers on the ground, but also endangers the lives of the people seeking aid.

Watch this if you have a spare 20 minutes today; it’s straight to the point, interesting, and sheds an important light on complexities and dynamics of aid delivery and conflict not just in Afghanistan, but in other countries where military action has co-opted humanitarian aid, such as Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen.

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