Islamic Relief chief on violence, Trump and self-relianceAttacks on aid workers are on the rise and humanitarian organizations working in fragile states are often faced with a variety of challenges that limit their work.

“We are concerned with the increased number of medical facilities, warehouses and other humanitarian sites, which have been affected in the last few years,” said Anwar Khan, chief executive officer of Islamic Relief USA, a humanitarian organization that provides relief and development services.

Attacks on aid workers is almost becoming the new normal and nongovernmental organizations working in the field are often pressured to pick sides between different factions in a conflict in order to secure access to the people in need of aid, he said.

Devex spoke with Khan, to gain more insight on the situation and how the development community can secure the future of international humanitarian work free of attacks.

 

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