Humanitarian corridors becoming a reality

Kimberley Evans – Vita

For the Syrian refugee crisis, many believe the obvious solution be humanitarian corridors. As demilitarized zones that are designed to allow the safe transit of humanitarian aid and refugees out of a crisis region, humanitarian corridors represent a means of safe escape for those caught in conflict.

An obvious solution?

Despite their seeming simplicity, humanitarian corridors remain problematic. Due to their limited geographical scope, they are “not an ideal solution,” according to Ruba Afani, spokesperson of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jordan.

Not only that, but aid workers worry that humanitarian rhetoric could be used to further political aims. “There are certain interest groups that would like to have a humanitarian corridor because it would improve the position of the opposition,” says one aid worker*.