Skip to comments.Pakistan's 'Image Deficit' Hurting Aid Funds Flow: UN
Posted on 08/17/2010 2:19:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Relief agencies are having trouble obtaining funds to help millions of Pakistan flood victims as the country suffers from an "image deficit", a UN spokeswoman said on Monday.
"We note often an image deficit with regards to Pakistan among Western public opinion," said Elizabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
"As a result, Pakistan is among countries that are poorly financed, like Yemen," she added.
The Unied Nations has been struggling to obtain $460 million to provide emergency aid to six million victims of the country ravaged by heavy flooding. Only a fifth of the required funds have been pledged since the appeal was launched on August 11.
Melanie Brooks, spokeswoman of the humanitarian group Care International stressed that the UN must explain to donor states that "the money is not going to go to the hands of the Talibans."
"The victims are the mothers, the farmers, children. But in the past, information linked to Pakistan has always been linked to Talibans and terrorism," she said.
According to Pakistani authorities, around a quarter of the country which extends over 800,000 square kilometres (308,880 square miles) and counts 167 million inhabitants, have been affected by the floods over the last three weeks.
The UN said billions would be needed in the long term to reconstruct the villages, infrastructure and harvests devastated by the floods.
Wasn’t it last month that a Pakistani poll said that 60-70% 0f Pakistani’s hate Americans?
Hand over bin laden, I’ll hand over what I can spare
Let the UN pass the hat amongst all the mulim nations that comprise the bulk of the UN.
Why is it they always come to leech off the West? Right down to the UN?
Where is Iran? who can pump endless dollars into global jihad? Hamas, hebollah etc etc al queda...
I don’t like them either.
Coughing up Bin Laden in exchange for Western Aid?
Let’s just hope his biggest supporters are now sleeping with the fishes, and the surviving enablers can enjoy their cholera epidemic.
They aren’t get a dime out of me. I wonder how much $$ Obama will borrow from China to help them rebuild?
Why give money to people who hate you and want you dead?
We’ve tried to help Iraq and Afghanistan form a human rights based government and we just get shot at and derided for our troubles. Besides, we westerners are the infidel, right?
Seriously, nothing against the innocent folks who are suffereing in Pakistan but, when we do help those who are suffering and in need, Hollywood makes the movie Syrianna. When we don’t help those in need Hollywood makes the movie Hotel Rwanda. Who needs these headaches? I have my own problems. My feeling is the Pakistanis should call their buddies in Iran.
Besides, no matter what happens in the end, Hollywood will make a movie implying we’re all neandrthals.....and, give itself an award for being so smart!!! Let’s jusr skip right to the smug Hollywood award ceremony and forget about helping a bunch of people who hate our guts.....this time around.