Pakistan relief effort struggles


 

Agnes Pedrero, National Post · Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010

Aid agencies are struggling to get funds for Pakistan flood victims because the country suffers from an “image deficit,” aid agencies said yesterday, even as health officials warned millions of children were at risk of cholera and water-borne diseases.

The international response to the disaster was described as “pitiful” by Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who said many countries had failed to grasp the scale of the catastrophe which has affected up to 20 million people.

Aid officials said one problem was Pakistan’s perceived links with the Taliban and terrorism. Other experts said corruption and aid fatigue were contributing factors.

Elizabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said, “We note often an image deficit with regards to Pakistan among Western public opinion.”

As a result, Pakistan is among countries that are poorly financed, she added.

Food for thought:
“When I was hungry you feed me” Matthew 25:35
Jesus never, made cultural, social, economic or political ideologies a prerequisite or barrier for him to show compassion to the poor or rich. He saw the need and had compassion.  It a sad commentary when North Americans and Europeans withhold aid support because of fear of some of the aid supplies falling into Taliban hands. 
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