Why humanitarian intervention in MENA must

Publication date

22nd May 2015


Dr Mohamed Ashmawey



Why humanitarian intervention in MENA must change

­ The World Economic Forum

The Middle East and North Africa region, the cradle of peace and civilization, is in a profound state of tumult. Conflict and insecurity have created staggering socio economic consequences. This now calls for a whole new approach to humanitarian aid and development.Many prophets – including Abraham, Jesus, Moses, Aaron, John and Mohammed, peace be upon them all – came from and passed through the region. They all came to guide people and spread love and peace. Yet today, the Middle East and North Africa region is being torn apart by conflict. The challenges facing the humanitarian sector have never been greater.

Islamic Relief is at the forefront of the response to many of the crises in the region.Our emergency operations in Yemen aim to assist more than 700,000 people, as the conflict worsens an already grave humanitarian crisis. Amid the fighting, even simple things can be the difference between life and death. Previously, whole families would attend food distributions, but now we allow only one nominated person to attend. This reduces the number of people travelling, who could become casualties. As fuel supplies run out, we are using cooking gas to deliver food – though stocks are now running low.




Ashmawey. M (2015), Why humanitarian intervention in MENA must change, World Economic Forum, [Online], available at: https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/05/why-humanitarian-intervention-in-mena-must-change/


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