Merkel says humanitarian aid system not working

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the current global humanitarian aid delivery system is not working and calls for making sure help arrives quickly and efficiently to those in need in times of crisis.

"Today we do not yet have a functioning humanitarian aid system," she says at a UN summit on humanitarian aid. "Very often pledges are made but the money does not reach where it is most needed."

Merkel also decries the violations of the laws of war taking place in conflict zones.

"In Syria and elsewhere hospital and medical centres being bombed, people are losing their lives," she says.

Last update: Mon, 23/05/2016 - 12:06

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