Berlin (dpa) – On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has reminded the global community of its responsibility to people in need. “People around the world count on our help at their time of greatest need – and it is our responsibility as a global community not to abandon them,” the Green politician announced on Friday. She said that helping people in need was part of “our self-image as a state in which human dignity comes above all else”.
The Federal Foreign Office is providing 2.77 billion euros in humanitarian aid this year, making it the second largest humanitarian donor in the world, Baerbock said. In view of the rising numbers of people who are dependent on humanitarian aid, she warned against making cutbacks in this area, explaining that it is difficult to grow food and feed the population, especially in countries that are particularly affected by climate change. The minister thanked aid workers for their commitment. “Many of them work under the most difficult conditions and also put themselves in danger to support people in need. They go where others flee. They give hope to those who have lost everything.”