Cost and effectiveness of air drops

13 Feb

1 million dollars(1.3 after adjustment), to manage airdrop flights for one month in 1999.  This figure does not factor in the increase in fuel costs or the cost of supplies that were airdropped.

30 million dollars worth of US military equipment expended for airdrops in Kosovo.

Afghan airdrops “did no good”.  Food packets either ruptured because of altitude of drop, or warlords intercepted them and sold them at market.

“impact was marginal”  “some food better than no food”

Christian Science Monitor on MSF’s rejection of US food air drops in Afghanistan.

the Geneva conventions define humanitarian action as neutral, independent and impartial. This means that humanitarian actors should not take sides and should be free from political influence so they can go after their objectives single-mindedly – to impartially help people based solely on criteria of need.

If aid is not perceived to be entirely neutral and independent of political objectives it can be claimed by one or both sides as a part of the war effort. Then aid and aid workers become a legitimate target of war. Humanitarian action is supposed to be an expression of hope and humanity in times of darkness – crossing borders and serving victims on both sides, to show even parties at war can care for humanity while fighting their war.


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