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Action needed now on humanitarian crises

Published 26/05/2016

The world humanitarian summit in Istanbul will be no more than a fig leaf at which to express good intentions.

Isn't it perplexing that there are 11 major civil wars in the world today, but only four in 2007? It is disheartening that the world is still crippled by war, racism, segregation and discrimination and shackled by occupations, oppression and repression.

It is unbelievable that the fresh memories of the crimes of Nazism towards Jews, the crimes perpetrated against Muslims in Bosnia and the Rwandan genocide, to name only a few, do not help us to reflect, exercise vigilance and stop the unparalleled human tragedies occurring in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and South East Asia.

This refugee crisis is bound to explode further, widening the social, economic and religious schism between communities if countries like Jordan are not supported enough to shoulder the burden of refugees.

In fact, this summit should have been held in Jordan, a small, barren country with little natural resources, hosting millions of refugees.

As Martin Luther King so eloquently put it: "This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off, or to take the tranquillising drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy."

DR MUNJED FARID AL QUTOB

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