ActionAid, Plan Australia and Save the Children have joined forces in a national newspaper advertisment campaign today to raise the profile of the Pakistan flood disaster. But it’s not your money that they’re after. 

6 million Pakistanis currently rely on aid to survive. Picture: AP.


All three charities have come together in response to what they’ve described as a dire “lack” of media coverage of the emergency situation and are rallying their efforts to bring our attention to the situation at hand. 

So what exactly is going on in Pakistan?

The United Nations estimate 15 million people have been affected by the floods that hit the country and submerged entire villages approximately three weeks ago.

“This is bigger than Haiti, Kashmir and the tsunami combined in terms of humanitarian need. And while the death toll is small by comparison, the need is large,” said Mark Chenery, spokesperson for ActionAid Australia.

Six million people are currently dependant on aid for survival and this situation is not expected to improve for at least another six months.

Houses and roads have been ruined and farmland has been completely wiped out, leaving the poorest of the poor with no means for survival.

Disease is also an issue. Diarrhoea is already very common and cholera is becoming a threat that’s expected to spread in the overcrowded conditions.

And these are just issues plaguing the short term. Chenery says in order to ensure the country’s full recovery of the it’s imperative the world’s attention stays on Pakistan.

“It is an area prone to conflict and without a stable government. After the immediate response to the disaster there will be a rush of aid and development projects. We need to make sure these are done with community consultation and with the interests of the poor,” he said.

In the meantime, the day to day problems in Pakistan loom large.

Archie Law, ActionAid Australia’s CEO told Fran Kelly’s ABC breakfast program this morning that the relief effort as “struggling” and the situation on the ground as “simply too big a task for any one agency” to solve.

And while the Australian government has pledged a “generous” $35 million to the cause already, more needs to be done to raise public awareness of the issues.

Law urges people to look beyond Pakistan’s “public image”, “terrorism links” and “security situation” and see the “humanitarian and civilian issues” at the heart of this desperate situation. 

“Normal people [have been badly affected by this disaster] that’s mums, dads and children and they need a lot of help. And I think that transcends any political issue,” he said.

Donations can be made to the Pakistan relief effort through ActionAid, Plan Australia and Save the Children.

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    • Biteme says:

      12:29pm | 19/08/10

      After reading and researching for myself on the administration costs, the corruption, the waste and the lack seeing the end results I will never donate a single cent to any charity ever again. The corruption is rife, right from Band Aid in the 80’s to the Tsunami in 2005.  Never ever again!

    • The Badger says:

      12:53pm | 19/08/10

      I imagine you are not alone in your observation biteme

    • Rhiannon says:

      12:54pm | 19/08/10

      That’s interesting, Biteme. Could you share your research with us?

    • iain f says:

      01:01pm | 19/08/10

      pakistan finds the money for nuclear bombs, rockets and hi tec weaponry but little or no money for its own peoples health and well being so why should we bail out a reputedly very corrupt government and bureaucracy. i support the sally army who look after aussies first

    • BT says:

      01:24pm | 19/08/10

      So true Biteme - I researched the “aid industry” thoroughly too for a paper at uni and came to the same conclusion - it’s a business and those who need the aid very rarely recieve it. If you are interested in this topic you may be interested in reading about the policies of the World Bank and WMF - see where real poverty stems from.

    • Mr Subramanian says:

      01:37pm | 19/08/10

      “To any charity”? Sounds like you’re basically using it as an excuse to not donate and feel righteous, as opposed to not donating and feeling guilty. Those problems are a good reason not to donate to little known charities, but there are plenty of charities who welcome transparency and accountability, including World Vision. And who understand the difference between short term relief and long term community development.

    • Biteme says:

      02:00pm | 19/08/10

      Mr Subramanian: FYI
      World Vision (Oct 2007- Sept 2008)
      http://www.worldvision.org
      Richard Stearns, President: $336’472 + $44’382 + $40’327 = $421’181pa
      Nice to see he has such a charitable heart.

    • ?? says:

      06:20pm | 19/08/10

      agreed. donate to your family members, nieces or nephews. at least you’ll know where the money is going

    • AA says:

      11:51pm | 19/08/10

      Go to http://www.pakistan.com.au for a list of Australian charities who will ensure the money goes through the proper channels to the right people.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      01:12pm | 20/08/10

      Mr Subramanian. I have heard that World Vision only manage to get 20cents in every $1 to the supposed recipients of our donations. If anyone thinks that 20% is a fair deal for those in need & 80% is a fair deal for those running these so-called charities then I beg to differ. If it is true that the boss of WV gets over $421,000 in pay’n'perks then that is a disgrace.
      I don’t give to any charities. I most certainly do not get a single, tiny, twinge of self-righteousness or guilt for not doing so.Charities have become the “Great Big Rip-Off"of our times. The biggest of all must be those which are part of those other Big Business Enterprises which pay no taxes, apparently on the spurious grounds that they are “caring for our souls”: Organised Religion Inc. I, nor any of my family or friends, cannot remember ever asking these parasitic organisations to interfere in my sould.Three of the Richest Organisations in the world today are: The Roman Catholic,Anglican & Pentecostal Churches. They all have massive, multi-billion dollar Real Estate Holdings, they are reported to be amongst the biggest shareholers on World Stock Markets. They contiually demand money from the public for their alleged charitable activities. The entire business of Charities should be banned.

    • John A Neve says:

      12:36pm | 19/08/10

      Lucy,
      When some of these countries start spending on their own people’s, health, education, disaster aid etc I’ll donate.
      All the time they spend money on the latest weapons of war, no way.
      Maybe, just maybe, if enough people die, those left will get the message and make their democracy work

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      01:36pm | 20/08/10

      Well said! John A Neve.
      Pakistan has squandered untold 100s of 1,000,000s on their Nuclear Arsenal. Just as India & that pseudo-poor 3rd World Country China.
      Of course, nothing will change after everything settles down. The rich & powerful will still be rich & powerful & the peasantry will press on with ever more breeding, starvation & deprivation

    • Macca says:

      12:39pm | 19/08/10

      I would think that the high amount of Corruption in Pakistan is a factor.

      I think people still have a hangover from Haiti, after the huge amount of publicity there. Also despite all the publicity, we are yet to see a great deal of evidence that the situation has drastically improved in Haiti. I think this would be somewhat sobering to those who opened their purse strings back then. After the Tsunami in Asia we saw progress as Seaside towns and resorts were rebuilt, we are yet to see that in Haiti and I think that has a run-off effect for Pakistan.

      Also, I think the US / Al Qaeda War in Afganistan and Pakistan makes it a far less attractive place to donate Money.

      Its a pretty complex one. I think many people view the Arab states / Central Asia as the craphole of the world at the moment. Its just not attractive enough for the average person to care.

      I’m not advocating these views, I just think these may be reasons behind the apathy

    • The Badger says:

      12:58pm | 19/08/10

      I agree with your thoughts.

      Whilst everyone should be concerned and help if they can,

      Where is all the Arab money oil that can make a difference to their brothers in Pakistan?

    • Dave says:

      03:49pm | 19/08/10

      “Where is all the Arab money oil that can make a difference to their brothers in Pakistan? “

      It’s being used to build Wahhabi mosques and madrassas. According to a 2007 BBC documentary titled “Jihad and the petrodollars”, between 2000 and 2007 Saudi Arabia had spent 75 billion US dollars on “charities” whose main purpose is the spreading its conservative brand of Islam.

      In short, people just don’t want to support tribal Muslims in Pakistan because they are too hostile to the west.

    • Barbara says:

      12:39pm | 19/08/10

      Just how much coverage is enough?  Take the recent Bushfires here in Australia.  For weeks the TV stations had every conceivable story imaginable from every conceivable angle.  I Remember people saying how they would change channels every time the issue came up on the news or their current affairs program, being presented as if it was the only thing happening on the planet.  Too much coverage and you run the danger of desensitising people.  Sure, run the story for a day or two but then only run weekly updates or do a TV special on the issue for 30 minutes or an hour, away from the usual news and current affair shows.  This way you can get all the different aspects of the issue in one package, and it will be more effective at getting a reaction.  Don’t force the news down peoples throats.

    • Biteme says:

      12:58pm | 19/08/10

      Yeah the busfires. The amount of money that was collected was huge. I donated $1,000.00. The tears from Brumby and Nixon. And look at those poor people today, still living in tents. And you wonder why the cynicism.

    • YZ says:

      01:35pm | 19/08/10

      I didn’t even give to the bushfires. why bother?

    • Nicole says:

      12:40pm | 19/08/10

      This is absolutely horrible. It’s heart wrenching watching all these people suffer like they are. They’re displaced, very little food and water (if any), the children and the elderly, wading through diseased riddled water, no where to sleep, family and friends missing, it’s just devastating. Thanks for the link where to donate Lucy. That’s what I’m going to do right now.

    • Dag says:

      12:42pm | 19/08/10

      Could the lack of compassion being shown be something to do with the demonizing of these people in our election campaign? Have we built a new redneck society completely so self centred that it is impossible to give someone else a fair go? Let’s just pretend it’s all someone elses problem is a great mantra for our leaders.

    • Albert Schweitzer says:

      12:57pm | 19/08/10

      Dag: No, no, and it is in fact someone else’s problem.

      The fact that we help at all is a tribute to Australia’s generosity. We have no moral obligation to offer any sort of aid to the Third World, but we do anyway. And all you can think is to rubbish Aussies.

    • Dag says:

      01:22pm | 19/08/10

      Albert, I don’t believe I was rubbishing Aussies, only those that have such a narrow view of the world that they believe it is someone else’s problem.

    • YZ says:

      01:34pm | 19/08/10

      I agree with Albert, it is someone else’s problem, it doesn’t affect us. I don’t give money to any charity, I make precious little of it and like it the way it is, mine

    • shane says:

      12:42pm | 19/08/10

      Maybe its partly because of donor fatigue as many say. Given the constant stream of disasters over the last few years.

      Perhaps there’s a growing atmosphere of insular concentration on problems at home also. Europe in financial meltdown, US facing possible double dip recession with unemployment still high.

      Middle east are too busy ranting about religion and American imperialism.

      East Asia as always completely self obssessed. Half of China is underwater itself from news reports.

      Australia is dealing with an election.

      There are so many monumental world problems, from health to envionment, to economics to human rights, etc etc etc.

      I think the first world is to busy dealing with its own problems. America seems barely capable of even supporting its own population (given the struggle to extend payments to their own starving unemployed, let alone helping 10s of millions of people on the other side of the world.

      Or maybe I’ve no idea what I’m talking about.

    • James says:

      12:49pm | 19/08/10

      I’m donating a months worth of cash that I’d otherwise spend on coffee to the appeal, it’s a double whammy donation; helps me get over my caffeine addiction, and it helps the people of Pakistan. 

      There’s a good website running with a list of the places that you can donate
      http://www.pakistan.com.au

    • YZ says:

      02:23pm | 19/08/10

      good for you! I still like my money the way it is, MINE

    • BT says:

      04:09pm | 19/08/10

      You might as well throw it into the fire then James - once all the others who have their fingers in the pie take what they can get there will be precious left for the real people who need it. I did an internship with one of the world’s largest aid agencies and guess what? Their offices were staffed by white, middle class graduates who wouldn’t know poverty if it hit them in the face. They were all for saving the world - as long as they could stay safely secluded from the world in their inner city offices and didn’t have an african, asian or muslim working there. Then I found out they were in collaboration with the World Bank and what that organisation has done to the planet is truly criminal. It’s not that people don’t care - they’re just waking up to the lie that is the Aid Industry.

    • N says:

      01:05pm | 19/08/10

      Well I look at it like this; a good majority of Asia is densely, some would say over populated and the majority of that population is living in 3rd world conditions. There own governments can’t cope to adequately provide services due to the sheer numbers, and when these events happen (and there have been a remarkable amount in this region over the past 10 years), they turn to the global community for aid, who I suspect are tired of putting their hands in their pockets once again.

      I think people, myself included, would be much less apathetic if these governments made an effort to look after their own citizens welfare in the first place. This doesn’t have to be in financial form, but how about simple measures, such as not allowing construction on flood plains? China have set a precedent with their family planning policy, something I think 3rd world countries globally should adopt in an attempt to re-vitalise their economies in order to pull out of the 3rd world status. We see devastating floods in Pakistan on the news annually; it just happens that this event is significantly worse. I suspect the majority of people see this event as “just another flood in Pakistan”. Sad but true.

    • nic says:

      01:58pm | 19/08/10

      Donating to a country that has deliberately consumed /re-directed aid and other dollars meant for flood minimisation schemes over the past ten years? To a country begging the west for aid who has elements working against our downfall? Pass.

    • Biteme says:

      02:23pm | 19/08/10

      If I may please add in this debate about poor countries, the US is about to
      enact laws that will curb corruption somewhat by disclosing payments from US registered mining companies to 3rd World Governments.
      Right now a mining company can say they paid $5 for the gold, when really they paid $10, but the people on the land wouldn’t know that.
      They called the provision “an essential tool” for promoting transparency in the oil and mineral sectors. “The legislation will immediately shed light on billons in payments between multinational corporations and governments, giving citizens the information they need to monitor companies and to hold governments accountable,”
      This is something we are not forcing the Australian Mining companies to do while they operate in places like Africa. If we want to help poverty in Africa this is one thing we should lobby Julia about. make our mining companies transparent about how much they are paying the African and New Guinea Governments for their resources thereby giving those people a chance to get their fare share just like us.

    • Anna C says:

      02:38pm | 19/08/10

      While I feel bad for the women and children suffering in Pakistan, I refuse to donate to a country which established/funds the Taliban and harbours Al Qaeda terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.  It is a well known fact that the Pakistani arny established, trained and funded the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan; while at the same time accepting money from the Americans to fight the “war on terror”.  Why should I feed tomorrow’s terrorist?

    • Super D says:

      02:57pm | 19/08/10

      I personally struggle to find much sympathy for poor countries who can’t look after their own people yet have managed to divert resources into a nuclear weapons program.

      Also I think there is a distrust of Pakistan due to the sympathies of certain parts of their military to the Taliban.

    • Mark C says:

      03:46pm | 19/08/10

      You don’t have to have sympathy for the government. But how about some sympathy for the people who have to live under these governments.

      Equating the entire population with its government is simplistic to the highest degree.

    • Robert Smissen, rural SA, God's own country says:

      03:53pm | 19/08/10

      Very simple, John Howard is a humantarian & gave a billion $ $ to tsunami relief, Julia is a self focused %$# @#$^ so that is why.

    • Graham S says:

      04:21pm | 19/08/10

      Not exactly RS, Howard paid a bribe to the Indonesians to curry favour and donated a disprortionate % to The Generals whereas our cricketing partners in Sri Lanka got very little of the Howard largess.
      And not one cent from me I might add. And I would be totally outraged if Julia gave one penny to that corrupt mob in Pakistan

    • Gregg says:

      06:46pm | 19/08/10

      You can be very outraged then Gra for the Aussie Aid is already at $35M.

    • Bethany says:

      04:52pm | 19/08/10

      Pakistan maintains a significant nuclear weapons stockpile but has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty or the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty so its nuclear facilities are not under IAEA safeguards. And, just last year, it signed a deal with China to purchase at least 36 advanced fighter jets worth US$1.4bn. It seems to me that any country with a multi-billion dollar defence budget whose population remains mired in poverty needs to reassess its priorities.

    • DaveinPerth says:

      07:26pm | 19/08/10

      Some Australians may consider that we are effectively at war with Pakistan at this time. Taliban that the ISI train and support are killing our troops in Afganistan.

      So it’s little surprise that many don’t feel overly disposed to help Pakistan at this moment.

      The good news is that Pakistan has a (mostly) functioning democracy. If they decide to root out the extremists and terrorists from their ranks, they have the option of voting accordingly.

      That’s how it works.
      Howard lied to us and took us to war in Iraq, making us much less safe. We voted him out of office because of it. Blair did the same and his colleagues pushed him before the electorate did.
      The people of Pakistan need to vote to remove extremism. Then the world might remember to care.

    • Dan says:

      05:26am | 20/08/10

      Firstly, while elements of Pakistan are training and aiding the Taliban, many other elements are not, and ultimately, if we want to win in Afghanistan, we can’t do it without Pakistan. To say that we are at war with Pakistan is not only false, but is also unhelpful.

      Secondly, it’s not as simple as the ‘The people of Pakistan need to vote to remove extremism.’ That is so simplistic, it is ridiculous. The truth is that not only do the Pakistani people (like any other people) not want extremism, but the people who are helping the Taliban are not elected officials. It’s irrelevent who the Pakistani people vote for. Perhaps when you do decide to care, you might also remember to do some research?

    • DaveinPerth says:

      04:15pm | 20/08/10

      @Dan
      “, but the people who are helping the Taliban are not elected officials.”
      Correct, they are not elected officials. But they are empowered, paid and equipped by a govt that is run by elected officials.

      Interestingly, it was an Unelected military dictator (Musharef) who has done the most to purge the radicals from the ISI and the military.  The elected govt has continued with some reforms, but not enough. They need to undertake a purge with missionary zeal to show the world they are a friend and not an enemy.

      Otherwise, the planet will stay where we are now. Apparently caring less.

    • Dan says:

      11:46pm | 21/08/10

      They are a friend, and nota ne enemy. The problem is corruption. It has nothing to do with the people.

    • Gregg says:

      07:27pm | 19/08/10

      Politics and terrorism aside, there are so many people, elderly grandparents, great grandparents too no doubt, babies and probably plenty of disabled people as well that will be suffering immensely and in danger of dying.
      Though helicopters and boats are probably in limited supply, perhaps that is what Pakistan should be calling for and have all people who need to be moved, moved to higher ground and Pakistani families all over the country should take in a guest family for as long as it takes for the waters to recede and it is safe for people to return and they will still need help.

    • stephen says:

      07:40pm | 19/08/10

      National Geographic reckons flooding in Pakistan has damaged so much of the country because of poor farming practises. Specifically, their insistence on levies, which then overflow from rain. I’ve never been there, but i assumed it was a desert land.
      If the Pakistanis don’t blame their own negligence, or blame their God, perhaps they could then blame ours.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      07:54pm | 19/08/10

      These “alleged” 3rd World countries have only themselves to blame. Practically ever time they have had a disaster, floods,earthquakes, etc. the rest of the world has rushed to their aid with billions of dollars in cold,hard, cash. After a relatively short time we hear that most of that cash has been spirited away by politicians,bureaucrats & other people of influence. The money NEVER actually reaches those it is intended for. We are also told that equipment, medical supplies, food & other aid simply disappear into the hands of the politicians,bureaucrats & others.
      Maybe it is that just now the people who for generations have been so generous have, unluckily for Pakistan,decided that “Enough is Enough”. Unless the Government of Pakistan can, will, does & PROVES Guarantee that every cent, every bit of equipment & supplies will go to those in need it should come as no surprise to them if the aid is not forthcoming.
      We are told that to create Nuclear Weapons is not an expensive undertaking.Despite the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Pakistan, just like that other “alleged” 3rd World country, India, has, despite also the widespread & appalling poverty & living conditions of their people, developed a full-scale Nuclear Weapon Capability. Why? No-one is threatening them with a Nuclear Attack.
      How much money have Pakistan & India squandered on developing thier nuclear capability?
      The hundreds of millions they have wasted could well be used to vaccinate their entire populations against every disease known to man. If long-lasting vaccinations are not, at present, available to prevent the spread of Cholera & Typhoid then Pakistan & India together with the rest of the world should spend their money on developing them. It was once said that Smallpox could never be erradicated. They were wrong. It was once said that a vaccination against Cancer of the Cervix was nothing more that a science-fiction dream. They were wrong.
      Let Pakistan (& India) scrap their ever-increasing military & weapons build-up. Let Pakistan stop paying lip-service to the erradication of the Taliban & Al Qaeda and actually do so. Let the Pakistani Government get serious about it’s people, their health & welfare. If, & these countries are not averse to killing a few, just a couple of politicians, bureaucrats & people of influence are picked up for corruption, found guilty & executed the massive corruption, which even they admit is rife within their borders, will be, at least, brought under control.
      As for giving to charities here in Australia I stopped long ago. Hardly surprising when you hear that out of every dollar donated as little as 8cents actually reaches those that dollar is intended for. The rest? It ends up in what they call “Administrative Costs”, smart, luxury offices,cars,airfares & hotel accommodation & huge salaries for the pen-pushers & senior managements. All that may be perfectly legal but it is nonetheless a form of corruption in that it is the misuse of OUR money for purposes we never intended it for.

    • Patricia says:

      08:55pm | 19/08/10

      Thank you Lucy for raising this issue.  I cannot believe how little attention the floods in Pakistan has been raised in the media the past few weeks.

      The media has been over taken by our pathetic excuse for an election campaign.  What are the really important issues that need to be dealt with NOW!

    • Michael says:

      12:45am | 20/08/10

      Maybe part of the reason people are a little hesitant to give cash to Pakistan is because they’re just a tad worried about their dollars eventually winding up in the hands of the Pakistan secret service which is collaborating with and supplying the insurgency in Afghanistan.  Does nobody read WikiLeaks anymore?

    • Daniel says:

      03:54am | 20/08/10

      As much as I feel (I actually can’t think of an word for it) “bad” about the fact that so many innocent people are suffering, I still won’t give any money to help them (as I have done in the past with other disasters). After all these are the same people who are compliciit or at least willing to turn a blind eye to terrorists, not to mention that everytime they get the chance they are happy to label me as a racist (which lets face it we all are to one degree or another) or worse.

      It seems that it maybe time for the oil rich Muslim nations to “step up to the plate”. Because the western worlds public has has had enough of being called names.

      P.S. I know the above seems childish but most international relations are

    • Noam says:

      05:53pm | 20/08/10

      Seems to me that there appears to be X number of objections ot donating:

      1. Pakistani government has misspent money it controls on hi-tech weaponry, to wit, nukes;
      2. Pakistani government is corrupt as are the charities to which donations may be made;
      3. They’re all just a bunch of terrorists not deserving of our aid.
      In reply:
      1. How are these two issues linked. Yes, the government has allocated funds to weapons purchases and building up a nuclear stockpile but that’s utterly irrelevant to the humanitarian need being experienced by the people. Whilst the people may have elected the government they can’t be held responsible for the government’s spending decisions. How often do a peoples mount a revolution and overthrow their government? Reverse the situation. Would you think that a refusal by Pakistani people to donate to the Victorian bushfire victims appropriate if they cited the Australian government’s decision to send troops to Afghanistan?
      2. Surely there is a charity which is not corrupt and can be trusted to deliver aid in a timely fashion with minimal overhead. Do some research, assure yourself of their bona fides and ascertain whether they intend to channel aid through the Pakistani government or set up independent operations/have their operations supervised by an independent non-government authority. I would have thought that there is at least one entity which could satisfy the above requirements.
      3. I don’t think this particular objection needs a response. If you want to engage in gross generalisations, thank you and good luck my wingnut space-candidate. Enjoy your fortified compound and I hope you have sufficient provisions and tradeable valuables to survive the coming apocalypse.
      Even if you suffer from compassion fatigue, have opened your wallet/purse this year or are disillusioned by many of the charities I would say this. Pakistan is equipped with nuclear weapons. If we do not help its people and allow extremist groups to come in and setup effective distribution mechanisms we will be allowing the groundwork to be set for an overthrow of a Western-inclined government by an Islamic-centered political entity. I would not want to see the research (much less the weapons) surrounding its nuclear program fall into the hands of those who wish to do us harm. If the plight of the helpless does not move you then perhaps strategic self-interest will.

    • Davido says:

      09:19pm | 20/08/10

      1. there is an election or had you not you noticed?

      2. a lot of people are not happy with the % of their dollar that gets through the grubby hands of a charity to the people in need. World Vision takes a minimum of 50% for administration. The CEO is rumoured to earn more than a half a million dollars a year. My guess is less than 5% of your charity dollar will get through to the needy.

      3. Pakistan is on the outer. They steal nuclear technology, they placidly allow terrorism to flourish in their region. They have been a military dictatorship for much of recent history. Pakistan does not exactly present a sympathetic image.

      Maybe the Saudi’s could install one less gold tap and use that money to help.

    • Terry says:

      02:41pm | 21/08/10

      Like all countries strongly influenced by Islamic culture, Pakistan is an economic basket case. And to divert attention away from there own hopeless failings and inability to admit the painful truth - they blame the west for all the problems. Well as a proud member of the “great satan” myself I wont be giving them any of my money.

    • Vidyut says:

      09:49pm | 01/09/10

      I donated twice. I’m not rich. In fact, I’m almost dysfunctionally short on money, but I could see that devastated lives were in far worse shape and needed a heck of a lot more than was going to be available. Then ashamed as I am to admit it, I regretted it deeply. I have a duty to my family. Why did I send of precious money to a country that snubbed Indian aid (I’m Indian), was heartless enough to discriminate against non-Muslims in a time when they know first hand how dire the situation is? Corruption is just one part of it. The money possibly not reaching those who need it is another. But uninterrupted infiltration of terrorists into India is still going on. Indian aid is not desired till something is done about Kashmir. I would be the first to admit that Kashmir has been badly neglected by India, but Pakistan talking to India about *human rights* in a region they have systematically unstabilized and held hostage - that too in a context of refusing aid is beyond insulting. A country that has more inflicted suffering, intolerance, victimization and sheer suppression than any other in the news is pointing fingers and being diva about RECEIVING AID? The message is clear - we would rather see our people dead than accept aid from you. So be it. Who am I to say what they do with their people? They haven’t even refused the Taliban!!!

      So, I regret the money spent, and I am dead certain I don’t want to send in any more - a sentiment I see growing among people I see around me. My guess is that if they have the funding for the vitriol and covert terrorist infiltrations in India and can afford to refuse Indian aid, as an Indian, I must respect their wishes.

      Its not just about why they aren’t an appealing ‘victim’, but what they do with offers that do come.

 

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Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

From: A guide to summer festivals especially if you wouldn’t go

Kel says:

If you want a festival for older people or for families alike, get amongst the respectable punters at Bluesfest. A truly amazing festival experience to be had of ALL AGES. And all the young "festivalgoers" usually write themselves off on the first night, only to never hear from them again the rest of… [read more]

Gentle jabs to the ribs

Superman needs saving

Superman needs saving

Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis. Eighteen months ago,… Read more

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