Flooded and forgotten
by Fadlullah Wilmot, Country Director IR Afghanistan at Islamic Relief on Jul 24, 2011
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THREE KEY MESSAGES FROM ISLAMIC RELIEF'S REPORT FLOODED AND FORGOTTEN ...
THREE KEY MESSAGES FROM ISLAMIC RELIEF'S REPORT FLOODED AND FORGOTTEN
1. FORGOTTEN EMERGENCY Eight million people remain in dire need of basic health care, food or shelter in Pakistan. Six million are at risk of fresh floods this monsoon season and some areas are already underwater again.
2. WOEFULLY INADEQUATE RESPONSE Despite the generous response of the British public and government, millions of Pakistanis are paying the price for a woefully inadequate international response overall that fell $603 million short of UN appeals. Those affected received only an eighth of what was spent on aid for Haiti’s hurricane victims.
3. END THE LOTTERY OF EMERGENCY AID International disaster relief is too often a lottery in which the response of donor governments varies dramatically according to other international demands and domestic economic constraints. The time has come to establish a global contingency fund to tackle climate-related emergencies and protect vulnerable countries from being so dependent on the lottery of fresh UN appeals and uncertain responses every time disaster strikes.
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