Dec 03, 2019 16:49 UTC
  • Red Cross slams ‘unacceptable’ politicization of aid for Venezuela

The Red Cross has censured the “unacceptable” lack of international funding for humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

Francesco Rocca, the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, made the warning in a statement on Monday, complaining that the organization’s emergency appeal in September for 50 million dollars of relief aid for Venezuela had led to the provision of less than 10 percent of the requested fund.

“This is not about resources, this is about political will,” Rocca said, stressing that the severe underfunding could affect vital medical treatments and food supplies.

The Red Cross official warned that United Nations (UN) agencies and other humanitarian actors were facing the same lack of funds for Venezuela operations and many people in the Latin American country were “starving and dying” as a result.

Rocca said there were some who wanted “to use the civilian population, their desperation, as a tool to destabilize the country,” without clarification.

Venezuela has been shaken by political unrest since January, when opposition politician Juan Guaido declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela, challenging the outcome of last year’s presidential election, in which President Nicolas Maduro had emerged victorious.