Greek UN official says humanity failed in Syria
He works in Amman, Jordan, but also in Ankara, Iraq and at the United Nations Office at Geneva. As the United Nations regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis since 2017, Panos Moumtzis' work has taken him around the world. "I rarely sleep in the same place for more than three days," he told Kathimerini during an interview.
Having spent more than 30 years in the field, he has witnessed more conflicts than most - in the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosnia, and now in Syria. He has observed scenes where "every humanity has vanished, where there is nothing human." Nevertheless, he firmly insists, "this is the only job I would like to do. The satisfaction I feel when we manage to help, when the population is somewhat better [off afterward] - no other job, no financial reward can offer that."