Friday, February 23, 2007

AFGHANISTAN: Aid delivery limited by lack of information

Good example from Afghanistan, illustrating the problems of security and access for civilian actors:
'Aid agencies acknowledge the acute problems of delivering assistance to people in conflict areas, admitting that only a fraction have received help because of access difficulties, compounded by a lack of accurate information about the extent of the problem.'

An interesting nuance in the article is framing the story around civilians recently displaced. Again, the humanitarian issues are trumped by security issues- in this case, the fear of retaliatory bombing by international forces after the Taliban had captured their village.