August 30, 2008
WASHINGTON – Non-governmental relief agencies working in Georgia are furious that President Bush has put the Pentagon in charge of the operation, charging that the “militarization” of the humanitarian operation puts them at risk.
“We are concerned about blurring the lines between who is an aid worker and who is a soldier,” said Anne Richard, a vice president of the New York-based International Rescue Committee, a non-governmental organization working in Georgia and elsewhere.
“If we are mistaken for soldiers, in very dangerous situations we can become targets,” said Richard.
Just two weeks ago, three women working in Afghanistan for the International Rescue Committee were traveling in a clearly marked IRC vehicle when they were attacked and killed by insurgents.
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