A brilliant piece of journalism by Channel 4 New’s Jonathan Miller on the absurdity of the humanitarian aid system. The report details how, on the eve of its first anniversary South Sudan was struggling to cope with a refugee crisis that experienced aid workers were saying was the worst they have ever seen.
Broadcast on 5 July the piece revealed how UNHCR – which is in charge of the reflief operation – was widely accused of failing to act fast enough to provide the refugees with safe sanctuary.
The refugee camps sit on a flood plain between two rivers fed by rainfall in the highlands of Ethiopia. It was known that the area floods every year and the UN has been fiercely criticised for failing to address the abject conditions facing the swelling numbers of displaced.
When television news makes me want to shout and cry at the same time I know it’s doing its public service job well