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Humanitarian aid is not enough, says charity

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:210

Strong criticism of the use of a purely humanitarian approach to deal with global crises is contained in a new report from the international medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres. The report, Populations in Danger 1995, says that such an approach acts as “a blindfold which allows us to bask permanently in the warmth of our own generosity.”

The criticism is made by the organisation's secretary general, Alain Destexhe. He says: “All over the world, there is unprecedented enthusiasm for humanitarian work. It is far from certain that this is always …

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