King hears updates on humanitarian crises in Pakistan and Ukraine

The monarch held a meeting with leaders and aid workers from the Disasters Emergency Committee at Buckingham Palace.

The King during the meeting with DEC charities
The King during the meeting with DEC charities

The King has held a meeting with Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) charities to discuss humanitarian crises around the world.

Charles joined chief executives and aid workers at Buckingham Palace as they spoke about the Pakistan Floods Appeal, which has topped £38 million, the drought in East Africa and the situation in Afghanistan and Ukraine.

The monarch, who donated to the Pakistan appeal alongside the Prince and Princess of Wales, heard how millions have been left homeless in the country, which is facing a secondary health crisis due to waterborne and mosquito-borne disease.

The King speaking during the roundtable discussion at the Palace
The King speaking during the roundtable discussion at the Palace

The King was also updated on the hunger crisis in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia due to ongoing severe drought, described as the worst in living memory.

The group discussed the life-changing impact of money given by the public to DEC appeals and how climate change is affecting the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Charles’s meeting on Tuesday with experts from the 15 charities which make up the DEC included a discussion on the broader humanitarian picture, including the situations in Afghanistan and Ukraine, the DEC said.

Charles meeting representatives from DEC
Charles meeting representatives from DEC (DEC/PA)

Saleh Saeed, the DEC’s chief executive, said: “We’ve seen and heard so many times now how the climate crisis is causing or exacerbating humanitarian crises.

“The rains fail, or come too heavily, or at different and unusual times. For many people and communities already on the edge of disaster they simply find themselves pushed over the brink.

“As we all grapple with the impact of climate change we warmly welcome His Majesty The King’s interest and support in our work in responding to the needs of those most affected and who are often those who have done the least to cause it.”

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