A clear distinction must be made between humanitarianism –the active belief in the equal value of all human life and the consequent action to assist others, protect their rights, and accept and promote their agency and worldview– and the current form of humanitarian aid –the formalized system of governments, agencies, and organizations largely based in and led by the Global North. PLOS Blogs

 A set of three cases close to the authors’ experiences can be used to illustrate some of these issues.

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