Friday, August 20, 2010

Why aren't people giving to Pakistan?

The images of flooding coming out of Pakistan are devastating and so are reports that millions of people are homeless and about a fifth of the country is under water. But the United Nations reports that it has only collected half of the $460 million it needs for emergency aid in the area – compare that to the $13 billion raised after the 7.0 magnitude quake hit Haiti.

Aid workers and analysts told CNN there were several possible reasons that donors aren't giving:

1) The relatively low death (about 1,500 people) total hides the severity of the crisis

2) Donor fatigue

3) Concerns that aid won't get to people who need it because of government corruption

4) Fear that their aid money will go to terrorist groups.

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