Humanitarian official urges int’l community to scale up support to Jordan

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AMMAN — Founder of Islamic Relief and Chairman of the World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF) Hany Al-Banna said on Monday that the international community should scale up support to Jordan as it continues to provide services to refugees.اضافة اعلان

Speaking to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on the sidelines of a lecture he delivered at the Jordan Red Crescent entitled "Contemporary Challenges Facing Humanitarian Work Organizations", Banna said that he “sensed the dire need to support refugees” during visits to various refugee camps, noting that Jordan “cannot meet the needs of all those people by itself”.

"The policy of international assistance to refugees in host countries is a policy of feeding only," he said, urging the transformation of this policy into one of building, educating, qualifying, and training, which will allow refugees to become active participants in society.

The founder emphasized that humanitarian work is a craft, a profession, and an industry that requires knowledge of sector standards, which differ between areas of conflict and war and areas of natural disasters.

During the lecture, Banna also briefed the audience on challenges within the humanitarian sector, which include the lack of involvement of youth and women, the absence of a clear administrative structure in institutions, the lack of a clear policy for institutional management, and a need for further knowledge and commitment to humanitarian standards.

The official called on all humanitarian organizations to focus on human values, stressing the importance of archiving, blogging, and recording human history.

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