Random thoughts of a Brit living in the Imperial Valley of California

The Asian Disaster

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I was reading today about the pledges of aid for victims in the Indian Ocean earthquake and it frankly strikes me as pathetic.

  • EU $44m
  • US: $35m
  • Canada: $33m
  • Japan: $30m
  • UK: $28.9m
  • Australia: $27m
  • France: $20.4m
  • Denmark: $15.6m
  • Saudi Arabia: $10m
  • Norway: $6.6m

Mozambique, one of the poorest countries in the world, has offered $100,000; even the despicable Pfizer has given $35m.

More money was spent by many of the presidential nomination candidates than is being offered up by these governments. The scale of the disaster is impossible to comprehend, not just in deaths but in how to clean up the areas and let alone how to rebuild them. It will take a lot more money than is being offered to make even a dent in the problem. People and governments need to start coughing up to help these people.

With that said, I wish you all a Happy New Year.

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December 30th, 2004 at 8:51 am

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