Clearly, humanitarian aid cannot be divorced from the political context in which it is delivered. But here, the Government's aim to see the Kabbah regime reinstated rode roughshod over humanitarian concerns. Aid workers in the region were clear that well-targeted assistance could have minimised civilian suffering without compromising the international community's political objectives.
The restriction of humanitarian aid to achieve political aims is inexcusable and must not become a precedent for future responses to complex emergencies.
Head of Policy, ActionAid
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