The Observer view on global crises and the need for international action - Observer editorial

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Published on 02 Sep 2017 View Original

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

For tens of millions of people around the world, 2017 has been a year of disasters. The latest in a long list of catastrophes, natural and manmade, has left more than 40 million in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal struggling with extreme monsoon flooding. Many of those affected are the least able to cope – subsistence farmers and the urban poor who can expect little help from their governments. In a world inundated by emergencies, they may be left, literally, to sink or swim.

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