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Humanitarian Assistance during and Immediately after the Conflict 25.3.2003


This paper assesses the requirement for humanitarian assistance in the direct aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. It acknowledges the destruction of war and names a number of UN agencies and NGOs that will be required to reconstruct key elements of Iraqi infrastructure and resourcing. This includes food supply, water, access to power and controlling the migration of people away from conflict zones. 

Whilst this source is efficient in naming the needs people will have following the conflict, it places the responsibility of these tasks upon NGOs despite these groups not being involved in the conflict and therefore, no responsibility for the resultant humanitarian crisis. This document is hugely useful to scholars as it demonstrates the presumptive nature of Western power that NGOs and UN agencies will have the capacity to aid in the reconstruction of entire states despite their lack of involvement in conflict or politics.