Red Cross: enormous financial problems with worldwide humanitarian aid

International Red Cross in Geneva, via dts
International Red Cross in Geneva, via dts
The President of the International Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has warned of massive financial problems in global humanitarian aid due to the corona pandemic.

"At the end of the year, all humanitarian organizations, including the ICRC, will be forced to cut programs or tap the last reserves," said Maurer of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" (Monday edition). The Red Cross had to expand its activities due to the pandemic, which is now causing problems.

"Now we feel that the gap is widening between the exponentially growing needs and our limited possibilities due to the decreasing willingness of countries to support us," said Maurer. “All the original needs still exist because the conflicts and wars also continue. That is perhaps the biggest delusion we are dealing with - the idea that the other conflicts no longer exist because there is Corona, ”he said. Before a donor conference for the Sahel zone, which Germany is co-hosting this Tuesday, Maurer appealed to the world community to do more for the crisis region.

"The situation in the Sahel is deteriorating - in the midst of conflict, violence, poverty and climate shocks, millions of people need humanitarian aid," said Maurer.