The economic crisis is hurting international aid and relief efforts by depriving people in war zones of money sent home by relatives working abroad, the International Committee of the Red Cross warns.
Falling incomes for the poorest families can create a food crisis even if prices are not rising, ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger told Reuters.
“The effect of the economic downturn on the level of remittances upon which the weakest very often depend in conflict areas like
The souring global economy and the combination of man-made and natural disasters is likely to push the Swiss humanitarian agency’s spending beyond its record in 2008, when it topped $1 billion, Kellenberger added.
Spending in the current decade on an annual average is already around 25 percent higher than in the 1990s.
The Geneva-based humanitarian agency ran aid programmes in 49 countries last year. It is one of the few international agencies active in
Red Cross workers still do not have access to detainees in
It is also running down its operations in
The Ethiopian authorities expelled the ICRC from