Following on from my earlier post on what you could do with $150 million – wondering why the US government was spending less on disaster relief for the Paskistan flooding than was spent making that disaster of a movie, “Prince of Persia”…
Why Doesn’t the World Care About Pakistanis? – By Mosharraf Zaidi: The United Nations has characterized the destruction caused by the floods in Pakistan as greater than the damage from the 2004 Asian tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined. Yet nearly three weeks since the floods began, aid is trickling in slowly and reluctantly to the United Nations, NGOs, and the Pakistani government.
After the Haiti earthquake, about 3.1 million Americans using mobile phones donated $10 each to the Red Cross, raising about $31 million. A similar campaign to raise contributions for Pakistan produced only about $10,000. The amount of funding donated per person affected by the 2004 tsunami was $1249.80, and for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, $1087.33. Even for the Pakistan earthquake of 2005, funding per affected person was $388.33. Thus far, for those affected by the 2010 floods, it is $16.36 per person….
read the whole article: Why Doesn’t the World Care About Pakistanis? – By Mosharraf Zaidi | Foreign Policy.