Troubled times call for compassion, but compassion with purpose. Over 134 million people around the world require humanitarian assistance and protection, mostly as a result of conflict or natural disaster. The international community was able to cater for just60% of global humanitarian needs in 2018.
Refugee issues are a mainstay on the news, as governments debate the fates of those in the most desperate need. The long-term crises in Syria, Palestine, Mali, and Ethiopia illustrate the need for investment in humanitarian aid. And climate displacement and political volatility are set to worsen existing crises and initiate new ones.
But while money is significant in this regard, compassion, skills, and critical thinking are just as essential — and an engaged and equipped humanitarian aid worker is a priceless asset to a world in trouble.
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