Writing intermittently on life, politics, and society

Pakistan Floods

According to Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the devastation caused by the floods has left close to 14 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The coverage in the UK has been pretty extensive, which is not surprising given our large population of people with connections to Pakistan. I’ve been struck however by the fact that I’ve not perceived the same kind of international outpouring of sympathy and offers of aid I remember in response to the Asian tsunami or the Haiti earthquake.

If I’m reading the data right about $150 million has been given or promised so far, which is tiny compared to the $3 billion or so I remember as the amount raised for the 5 million people affected by the tsunami. ‘s going on?

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