It is made up of 13 member agencies which provide relief during humanitarian disasters:
- British Red Cross
- Care International
- Christian Aid
- Help the Aged
- Islamic Relief
- Save the Children
- World Vision
During the last few days, the DEC has launched an appeal for the humanitarian crisis now existing in Gaza. They have prepared a video to be shown on television, but the BBC, and now too, Sky News, have refused to show it on the grounds that it might compromise public confidence in their impartiality.
This is the video.
The Archbishop of York said, "There is the wonderful story of the Good Samaritan. The Levites walked away, the priests walked away, and one guy took the risk to help the person who was injured. I don't know if you can be partial or impartial when somebody is in need. I've a feeling it is humanity and nothing else."
Ironically, the furore over the refusal to screen the appeal has probably done more to bring it to the public's attention than any brief screening would have done.