The rhetoric of political justification of aid must be rejected as it sacrifices the needs of those who are not seen as politically ‘useful.’ And, as humanitarians, we must do our utmost to remain independent from political or military agendas in order to maintain the ability to reach those most in need, be they ‘useful victims’ or not.

Christopher Stokes, MSF General Director, writes in Foreign Policy Magazine’s AfPak Channel blog about how the politicization of aid during the response to Pakistan’s floods threatens the ability of independent humanitarian aid workers to assist populations in the most volatile areas of the country.

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(via doctorswithoutborders)