|Man in a Desert||
Qatar has announced a new humanitarian disaster relief initiative under the Banner "Hope For".
What sets this apart from your run of the mill disaster relief operations is that it will be under the umbrella of the United Nations. The announcement was made in New York last night by Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani.
The UN has been much maligned over the past few years for its perceived ineffectiveness. But perhaps member states should do more to support the international body which was originally set up as the League of Nations and re-formed as the United Nations in the aftermath of two devastating world wars.
Hope For is voluntary. Countries can choose to join. I will be interested to see how the logistics and command structure are worked out. Bringing different military forces to work under one umbrella in times of humanitarian crisis is certainly a challenge. But I see it as more of a test of humanity's humaneness.
Usually in the aftermath of a natural disaster (Haiti earthquake, Pakistan floods, etc) different nations pour in their aid and relief efforts often resulting in clogged airports, logistical nightmares and, more importantly, inadequate distribution networks.
So why not get everyone to work under one umbrella and coordinate efforts from the start?
Is there hope for Hope For? I certainly hope so.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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