International relief organizations are calling for donations across the world so the money can be used for procuring supplies to be used in operations in Pakistan which are helping millions of people stricken by the devastating floods from last year and this year.
At least nine million people are at risk of disease and famine according to humanitarian organizations. Three million people currently are in immediate need of assistance ranging from medical help to the serving of food.
Compared to last year when sympathy along with money were poured into assisting the flood victims, it is apparent that there is a significant shortage in, if not sympathy, then money this year.
Due to the low level of international press attention to the recent floods in Pakistan and also because it is the 2nd time in a row that such a catastrophe has struck and that aid budgets of numerous governments are already strained due to other famines and troubles in the world, the donations have fallen short.
Anti-Pakistan sentiments also aren’t helping the cause. Many are reluctant to donate because they believe that the corrupted Pakistani government will intercept much of their monetary donations and siphon it off into their military or into assisting terrorists.
The current global economy isn’t faring well either, so it should be no surprise that there are lower levels of donations this year.
The United Nations requested approximately 357 million U.S. dollars from the world but only received $96.5 million. Oxfam has also raised short of its goal: $13 million out of a needed $35 million.
If the supply of money is this low, organizations say they will be forced to halt operations in late November.
(Cover Photo: Mirror.co.uk)