If aid has become a strategic aspect of warfare, can the claim to neutrality made by humanitarian aid organizations still be justified? Reduced to a single horrific episode in our own history, this dilemma becomes easier to comprehend.
Imagine. It's 1943. You're an international aid worker. The telephone rings. It's the Nazis. You'll be granted permission to deliver aid to the concentration camps, but the camp management will decide how much of it goes to its own staff and how much to the prisoners.
What do you do?
If you conform to the practices of the humanitarian aid industry, you'll deliver the supplies.
Originally from Holland, Linda Polman has lived in war-torn regions of the world for much of her career.Her 2004 book We Did Nothing takes a critical view of UN failures and weaknesses in war torn regions and was called, "A small classic of man's inhumanity to man" by the Sunday Telegraph.
Polman will be interviewed on stage by former CBC host Dennis Trudeau on Saturday, April 30th at 1pm at the Holiday Inn Select - Centreville. Get your tickets here.