UN wants out of militarization of aid

02/17/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

UN officials criticized what they describe as NATO's militarization of aid delivery in Marja, Afghanistan, where U.S. and NATO forces are conducting a major offensive against the Taliban. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs chief Wael Haj-Ibrahim said that linking aid distribution to the military offensive runs the risk that the aid will be targeted as part of the counterstrategy. Oxfam, ActionAid and several other humanitarian organizations issued a report critical of the U.S.–NATO International Security Assistance Force, which they say deploys humanitarian aid as a " 'nonlethal' weapon of war" and puts humanitarian aid workers at risk.

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