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Donations for Pakistan flood victims slow to pick up

DDP/The Local · 17 Aug 2010, 08:55

Published: 17 Aug 2010 08:55 GMT+02:00

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As the disaster began unfolding in late July, Germans were hesitant to contribute at first. But as the situation there becomes more desperate, there is increased motivation to help the flood victims, DRK president Rudolf Seiters told daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.

The turning point began on Monday, he said, attributing the lag to the high number of disasters this year, including the January earthquake in Haiti and ongoing forest fires in Russia.

Without worldwide aid, Pakistan’s government will not be capable of helping its people, Seiters said.

Anyone concerned that their money may not make it to victims should know that the DRK has a long-running partnership with the Red Crescent Movement there, he told the paper.

“We can guarantee for ourselves and the Islamic Red Crescent that the money will reach the victims,” he said.

On Tuesday 18 tonnes of DRK supplies will be flown from Berlin to Pakistan, where almost one-third of the country is now covered in water. More than 1,500 people have been killed and another 20 million are homeless after the heavy monsoon rains.

President of the Welthungerhilfe aid organisation Bärbel Dieckmann told daily Berliner Zeitung on Monday that donating to Pakistan was a “humanitarian duty.”

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“Most victims have no homes any longer, no fields, no livelihood,” she said. “Now sickness and epidemics threaten.“

On Tuesday, Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle also appealed to Germans to make charitable contributions to the aid organisations toiling to help the victims, daily Bild reported.

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09:40 August 17, 2010 by adipk
Seen is horrible. People are without food, shelter and clothes. Flood water has destroyed all land connection of the areas. Country was already effected by terrorism, war, and other disputes. I have found that international red cross, UNO, WFP, Relief international, Islamic relief and some German NGOs are very active in rehabilitation process. Please raise donate at-least one euro. This will make a big difference.
10:22 August 17, 2010 by Jibzy
I just logged in to say that 1 euro is around 120 Pakistani rupees. 120 Pakistani rupees can provide one meal for a large family upto 10 people. So just imagine that it costs only 3 or 4 euros to save lives of a large family of men, women, children and the old. The Pakistani students society in Aachen University has an initiative if you want to donate there. Or you can also donate via UN.

Thank you
11:09 August 17, 2010 by 9900lawre
I agree that little money CAN feed so many, but this food will just sit in warehouses waiting to be distributed too late unless Governments provide the same level of air support as they did in the 2005 earthquakes.

The support available is afterall just over the border in Afghanistan.
13:16 August 17, 2010 by furious_angel
Please contribute to save thousands of lives. Millions of flood affected people are now threatened by water borne diseases and are in urgent need of aid. See the photos here to get an idea of the situation there:

13:18 August 17, 2010 by moistvelvet
In my opinion the governments of industrialised countries could encourage citizens to donate by making larger donations of aid themselves and be more vocal about the disaster. It seems that the limited coverage and political involvement is what is keeping the situation at the forefront of people's minds, it is almost as if some governments want the Pakistani government to suffer and using the victims as fodder. Which is rediculous since helping the victims will only be productive in NATO's war against terror, and not helping will only strengthen support for the opposition.
17:42 August 17, 2010 by furious_angel
For making smaller donations, a simple way is just to send an sms.

Send DRK to 81190.

This SMS costs €5 out of which €4.83 will go to DRK (German Red Cross).
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