Why they aren't getting the help that they need, and what will happen to the country in the near future
I'm sure by now everyone has heard of the devistating floods tearing apart the country of Pakistan.
When the disaster in Haiti happend many people were quick to jump on the 'send money to Haiti' bandwagon, and now when Pakistan has a crisis much worse then the earthquake it feels as if they are receiving less attention from the world, and people are alot less willing to help.
I remember when the earthquake happened in Haiti, within days there were a number of organizations doing what they could to help, and in Canada we had a telethon type thing where a lot of famous Canadians came and dontated time (and money) to participate and help raise awareness as well as encourage people to donate.
I donated money today, and hope that more people are willing to help. Not only is the country now suffereing from floods, disease, lack of food and clean water, there is also a war going on with neighbouring Afganistan, and India is refusing to acknowledge the fact that this is happening right next door (from what I know). It is a shame, and it makes things look very grim for the future of Pakistan and it's people.
I hope that more people inform themselves of what is going on, and more people do what they can to help. I'm not preaching for any organiation or charity, just for a people that need help from the world. This site is dedicated to travelers, and I am sure many of you have been to Pakistan, in the areas that are now covered in water, and met people that have been affected by the rains. It doesn't take much to help, if everyone gives a little, the people in need get alot!
check out your local red cross, or if your unsure about how to donate, google "How to help Pakistan" and I am sure you'll come up with some good links!!
Logistically speaking the distance between Haiti and the US and Canada is real short. Lots of available military supply ships nearby and even mobile medical teams able to move out on short notice. That is why Haiti got help pretty fast. Compare that to a country that has terrorists who routinely set off bombs to kill their own people and distrusts foreigners. I do know that US Navy ships are ferrying supplies and help to this disaster. Also helos are flying from Afghanistan with food, water and emergency response teams. There is more aid on the way but the sheer scale of the disaster and the remote areas where aid is needed doesn't help any.
I read somewhere also that one of the reasons is the whole media scale, in Haiti it was a huge disaster that happened BAM right away, the details were in your face and immediate, with Pakistan its a slower moving scale, the death toll isn't that high, and the destruction is hitting home a lot slower, so many people outside of Pakistan don't understand the full extent of how bad things really are, which is a shame.
I also read a lot of comments, I won't say where from but I'm sure you can guess, about how people think that Pakistan is making up how extreme the flood is, and basically trying to rip off the global community, it's horrible how their treating the situation.
1 of the worst flood ever in Pakistan, there is lack of water management and dams so all the water destroys villages and towns.