Humanitarians at War
Peter Gill, Journalist; Author, Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges: How Foreign Aid became a Casualty of War
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE, Founder, Islamic Relief
Gareth Owen OBE, Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK
Chair: Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC
When soldiers and diplomats are no longer in the field, aid workers remain. They can pay a heavy price for being seen as the agents of a hostile West, despite professing the principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality. In the run-up to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May, the speakers will discuss the state of aid in the world’s toughest conflicts and what should be done to defend the West’s own humanitarian ideals.