Red Cross slams ‘unacceptable’ politicisation of Venezuela aid

A top Red Cross official decried Monday a dire lack of international funding for humanitarian aid in Venezuela, warning that…

A top Red Cross official decried Monday a dire lack of international funding for humanitarian aid in Venezuela, warning that assistance was being politicised and desperate civilians were paying the price.

Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of the Red Cross, said the organisation’s emergency appeal in September for some 50 million Swiss francs ($50.1 million, 45.5 million euros) for aid to Venezuela was less than 10-percent funded.

“This is not about resources, this is about political will,” he said, warning that the severe underfunding meant vital medical treatments, medicines and food could not be provided.

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