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Civilians in wartime: what the world thinks

23-06-2009 Feature

A survey conducted for the ICRC by Gallup International, October 2008-January 2009

 
  Survey summary  
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Note: the percentage shown next to an answer indicates how many people put that answer in their “top three.”
 
For instance, “Food: 58%” means that 58% of people put food either first, second or third on their list of “Most important things for people in areas of armed conflict.”  
 
 What do civilians in areas of armed conflict need most?  
Top three responses. (click graph above for all responses) 
   
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What should the international community do to help civilians in areas of armed conflict?
 
Top three responses. (click graph above for all responses) 
   
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How can individuals best help the victims of armed conflict?
 
Top three responses. (click graph above for all responses) 
       
   
  
   

 There are currently just over 6.7 billion people on our planet. What do they think about the big humanitarian issues?  

To find out, the ICRC regularly commissions survey specialist Gallup International to ask just that question. Between October 2008 and January 2009, Gallup put the following three questions to just over 52,300 people in 50 countries, on every continent except Antarctica:

  • What do civilians in areas of armed conflict need most?

     
  • What should the international community do to help civilians in areas of armed conflict?

     
  • How can individuals best help the victims of armed conflict?

 52,300 people. Surely, there will be 52,300 opinions?  

Well actually, no.

For each question, the same answers came up time and again:

  • People in conflict zones need food, health and security most of all.

     
  • The international community should deliver emergency aid, provide peacekeepers and intervene militarily to stop conflicts.

     
  • Individuals can best help by donating goods or money, and by supporting aid organizations.

 


See also:ICRC survey: Our world. Views from the field.