Solidarity is an intricate part of being human. Understanding ourselves as members of the same species enables us to sacrifice our wellbeing for one another. The term “Humanitarian Aid” reflects the institutionalized bent of that drive.
Impartiality. Neutrality. The pillars of humanitarian aid have been with us since the establishment of the International Red Cross. The Geneva Agreements, reformulated since the mid-nineteenth century, sought to mitigate the effects of armed conflict.
As a Jewish organization, we continue to feel the trauma of World War II: after this, the International Humanitarian Aid Laws were re-established, a protocol that has become our guiding star.
Unfortunately, humanitarian aid today not only responds to armed conflict. Global warming, in the shape of storms, hurricanes, droughts and fires, has exposed more and more people to natural disasters.
In CADENA we have traveled the world seeking to help the stranger. When we do, we encounter the solidarity experienced by our Secretary General upon arriving in Mozambique after the disaster of Cyclone Idai:
“We joined the United Nations cluster and realized that the humanitarian actors (all agencies and NGOs like us), represent a true triumph of humanity. Regardless of race, beliefs, cultures, nationalities, multiple languages or the color of the uniform style, we all work for a single goal: to bring hope and help the people of Mozambique.
I have no doubt in my mind: the world should be more like that cluster.”