Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Humanitarian action is more than simple generosity, simple charity. It aims to build spaces of normalcy in the midst of what is abnormal.

More than offering material assistance, we aim to enable individuals to regain their rights and dignity as human beings. ... But we act not in a vacuum, and we speak not into the wind, but with a clear intent to assist, to provoke change, or to reveal injustice. Our action and our voice is an act of indignation, a refusal to accept an active or passive assault on the other.

- James Orbinski

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