I admit the floods in Pakistan are not on my radar. This article explores several potential reasons for our indifference. It’s a shame innocent people will suffer for this indifference, but I think if we’re honest we know the main reason: There are lots of countries who don’t do a good job of taking care of themselves, but Pakistan seems to stand out as a country that goes out of its way to make life miserable for itself and others. True or not, that is the perception. Read the article and see what you think.
“The United Nations has characterized the destruction caused by the floods in Pakistan as greater than the damage from the 2004 Asian tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined. Yet nearly three weeks since the floods began, aid is trickling in slowly and reluctantly to the United Nations, NGOs, and the Pakistani government.
After the Haiti earthquake, about 3.1 million Americans using mobile phones donated $10 each to the Red Cross, raising about $31 million. A similar campaign to raise contributions for Pakistan produced only about $10,000.” via Why Doesn’t the World Care About Pakistanis? – By Mosharraf Zaidi, Foreign Policy.