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Old 10-21-2005, 02:35 AM   #1
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Alarm Mounts for 3 Mil. Left Homeless in Pakistan as Winter Closes In

I know we've been all digging into our pockets a lot lately, but please consider donating to this effort whatever you can afford at the moment. The potential for loss of life if dramatic action is not taken SOON is horrific, and a little show of Western concern in this area could go a long way.

Unicef
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UN Refugee Agency
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Disasters Emergency Committee (UK)
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Kashmir International Relief Fund
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Red Cross/ Red Crescent
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MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Alarm mounted across the world on Friday for survivors of the Pakistan earthquake still awaiting help two weeks after their world collapsed, with a freezing Himalayan winter looming. The United Nations yesterday warned of a second, massive wave of deaths unless more is done to help the estimated 3 million people left homeless, with no blankets nor tents to protect them from the Himalayan winter. Unicef has warned that up to 10,000 children could die from hunger, hypothermia or illness in the next few weeks alone.

Yet the outside response has been hesitant. The UN has received just $86m of the $312m pledged to its emergency appeal, in contrast with 80% of pledges at the same stage after the south Asian tsunami.


The top United Nations aid official, Jan Egeland, was so incensed by what he saw as a woefully inadequate international response to the most difficult relief operation the world has ever seen that he called on NATO to stage a massive airlift to get survivors to safety.

That would mean helicopters, the only means of getting quickly deep into the rugged Himalayan foothills of Pakistani Kashmir and North West Frontier Province where 50,000 people are known to have died, a number expected to rise substantially.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has told India he would accept helicopters, but only if they came without crews given the enormous political sensitivity of the issue. India said no and Egeland called on the two governments to figure out a compromise fast.

The few roads into the high hills were crumpled, buried by landslides, even swept away by the Oct. 8 quake and aid officials on the ground are frightened that countless more people, without adequate shelter, cold and miserable, could die. Pakistani soldiers are using mules, horses and donkeys, even carrying supplies up on their backs. So are villagers.

"We went to one village at 1,300 metres and temperatures were dropping to minus five at night and there were old people whose only shelter was plastic sheeting," said Mia Turner of the World Food Programme. "Shelter is crucial and people don't get that soon there will be a crisis of a different kind -- people will start dying of exposure."

But tents of a kind which can stand up to the harsh Himalayan winter are in short supply and Pakistan pleads daily for the world to send more. "We need the world's help to provide tents and kerosene heaters to protect people from the cold," said Major-General Farooq Ahmed Khan, chief coordinator of the relief effort, in his latest appeal.

Egeland and other aid officials with experience of both said the earthquake relief operation was more difficult than that in the wake of last year's Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed more people but hit coastlines ships could reach easily. "We have never had this kind of logistical nightmare ever," said Egeland. "We thought the tsunami was bad, this is worse. And the world is not responding as we should be."

Pakistan said the number of injured, now 79,000, could also rise substantially with large areas still not reached. How many bodies are still buried in the rubble, nobody knows.
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:31 AM   #2
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I think it's a SHAME that no one is talking and acting for the tragedy that hit this country

I mean, 2005 has been a very hard year: earthquakes, the tsunami, disasters, lots of hurricane in the US.

All the victims are having a hard time.
We've been through a lot of shocks, and I hope that this will make us think about the impact we have on our world and to take care of it.


But WHY no one is acting for the people of Pakistan?
Why are they not getting the help they need??

Because there were no tourists there?
Because there are no camera films of that?

Why??
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Thank you for posting the links.
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Old 10-21-2005, 12:17 PM   #4
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there are more than 70 terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir...

Terror camps at Chakothi, Muzaffarabad, Kahuta and Bagh has been worst hit..

I am sad at the death of civilians... but it also killed more than 700 terrorists who were just waiting to kill innocent civilians in India...

The total of civilians killed by these bombers in last 10 years has close to 60000 to 80000
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Wow. I can't imagine living in a tent in that harsh of a winter. And to think that would be a vast improvement over the current conditions for so many is sobering.

Thanks for the reminder and the links.
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Yeah, thanks for the links.
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Originally posted by lady luck
I think it's a SHAME that no one is talking and acting for the tragedy that hit this country

I mean, 2005 has been a very hard year: earthquakes, the tsunami, disasters, lots of hurricane in the US.

All the victims are having a hard time.
We've been through a lot of shocks, and I hope that this will make us think about the impact we have on our world and to take care of it.


But WHY no one is acting for the people of Pakistan?
Why are they not getting the help they need??

Because there were no tourists there?
Because there are no camera films of that?

Why??
Don't worry...you're not the only one asking the very same questions....you see no one really cares about the children of the world........oh they say they do....but they don't. And don't worry......you're not the only one watching why there is NO COVERAGE OF THIS and so much attention to an erratic huricane. Perhaps because there were only over 70,000 people killed in the earthquake.......add it all up.....it does make NO SENSE....but if you eliminate the space with the words no sense and replace with the letter "n".....what do you get?

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MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters), Oct. 22 - Hopes of a massive airlift to bring survivors to safety were dashed on Friday when NATO turned down a United Nations appeal. The U.S.-dominated military alliance said it would send up to 1,000 troops to help, but would not stage an airlift to rescue survivors on the scale of the 1948-49 Berlin operation for the beleaguered people of Soviet-blockaded West Berlin.

"NATO is not a humanitarian organisation. NATO is playing its role within the framework of what it is," NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said.
Since some of you mentioned the belatedness of media response and, in particular, the lack of images of what is going on in the affected areas, I am posting a few images from various websites (BBC, Reuters, charities) below. While few if any camera crews have made it into the worst-hit areas yet, these photos depict the situation in Muzaffarabad, the largest town in the region, which relief workers are using as a base for forays further into the mountains. Muzaffarabad is on the outer periphery of the epicentre zone, which means things are likely even worse in the hundreds of villages further in.

As you can see, the devastation is pretty total, and there are thousands of seriously injured as well. I also came across, on one of these sites (BBC? not sure anymore, sorry) some video clips of relief workers describing their operations. These were hard to watch--several of them broke down in tears of anguish and frustration as they described the thousands of people they know they will not be able to save because they simply cannot get the needed medical supplies to them quickly enough. Please say a prayer for the relief workers as well, folks--I cannot imagine what it must be like to be someone with a mission to save lives in an impossible situation such as this.









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CBC news showed a picture of a baby getting treated for facial burns for the first time and doctors from Doctor Without Frontiers were describing horrible conditions and how babies were dying and there were no blankets or anything to give the people. And now millions of people have to attempt to survive the cold conditions in the mountains of Pakistan without any shelter unless they are fortunate enough to get a tent but still that is not much help in the coming winter.

The most disappointing thing about this past year aside from the enormity of disasters to strike the planet is the pitiful reaction to these tragedies. Despite a 5000 year history on this planet, we still are the same as we were back in 500 BC, our empathy and love of fellow human beings is conditional and impeded by bureaucratic bullshit. Shame on us!

I'm sure many of us here have donated but many more have not for different reasons. Some cannot afford to give but even a $10 donation can help save a life. Some refuse to give because of cycnism about where the money goes, some because of the Pakistani government and terrorist strongholds in that country. Whatever! The hundreds of thousands of innocent victims are just like you and me who simply want to live a simple life with family and friends not join terrorist organizations. If we spent a tenth of the money the world spends on weapons each year on saving lives, the world would be a much better place.
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OK, I don't mean to keep buggin' y'all about this...SO...this will be the last time I'll drag this thread back up--but, just in case anyone missed it the first time, or meant to donate (see URLs in first post) but forgot...

As mentioned below, some of the world's richest countries have thus far given NOTHING to the UN campaign. If you are one of our posters in these countries, perhaps you might let whoever represents you know that you want to see that changed.

And a to the Brits and Swedes for their generosity.

Again, a little show of Western concern could really go a long way here...

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Rich world 'failing' on quake aid
BBC, 26 October, 2005

Many of the world's richest countries have so far failed to support a UN appeal for victims of the South Asian quake, a top UK-based charity has said. Oxfam said less than 30% of the $312m (£175m) sought by UN aid agencies had even been promised.

Oxfam named seven rich countries which have so far given nothing to the UN appeal in the wake of the Oct 8 earthquake -- Belgium, France, Austria, Finland, Greece, Portugal and Spain.
It also identified four that have given less than one-fifth of their fair share -- the United States (9 pct), Italy (7 pct), Germany (14 pct) and Japan (17 pct).

QUAKE AID PLEDGES TO DATE
UK $17.4m
US $10.8m
Sweden $10.5m
Canada $8.9m
Japan $8m
Netherlands $7.8m
Germany $3.9m
Italy $1.2m
France, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Portugal, Spain - all $0


"This catastrophe has given a new, all too human meaning to the concept of a race against time," Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general, told a ministerial meeting in Geneva. "It will require a dramatic escalation on every front: more funding, more logistics, more manpower."

"We have never had this kind of logistical nightmare, ever," said Jan Egeland, the UN's emergency relief co-ordinator,referring to the need to help people in a 30,000 sq km area in which all essential infrastructure has been destroyed. Many injured had undergone limb amputations due to delayed evacuations, while hundreds of thousands more faced hunger and exposure, he told a media briefing. "If we had had this fund, we would have been able to do more earlier," Egeland told officials from around 60 countries at the emergency donors' conference to boost rescue efforts.

Meanwhile, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said the financial cost of the quake will be more than $5bn. He defended his handling of the country's worst natural disaster, saying the government "had done a good, if not a very good, job". But he acknowledged that hardline Islamic groups had stepped into an administrative vacuum in the days after the quake, providing relief and humanitarian assistance in Kashmir, a development that analysts say will bolster their legitimacy.

On the ground, aid officials are warning that more people could die of hunger, cold and injuries than were killed by the earthquake itself. UN chief aid co-ordinator Rashid Khaliko said the coming winter would cut off many remote communities in the region. He told reporters in the devastated Kashmiri city of Muzzafarabad that relief workers had until the end of November to get hundreds of thousands of people under shelter, treat the injured and provide food stocks to last the harsh winter. "The disaster is looming large," Mr Khaliko said. "We have thousands and thousands of very vulnerable people. What these communities will have by 1 December is what they will have to live with. It's not much time. We basically have four weeks to deliver."






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thanks, yolland, for starting this thread and for reminding us of what's going on in kashmir.

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Friday 04 November 2005, 21:34 Makka Time, 18:34 GMT

The Pakistani president said contributions had fallen short


Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has criticised the international community for failing to provide sufficient aid to survivors of last month's devastating earthquake.

The Pakistani leader said the world had given less money than it had for survivors of last December's tsunami because no Westerners had been involved.
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You do wonder, though. It seems the media and help arrived immediately after the tsunami happened and those people were not freezing to death.

The Children.......why do they always seems to have to suffer this way?

But as I said before......there are many observers out in the world.....and they are just sitting back and watching it all....and making notes......and making decisions..........
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it's so sad. no money, no one cares. it can't get any more obvious.
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I have been wondering why the world is ignoring this. What, no benefit concerts? No telethons? I realize that people have given alot, or feel that they have, over the past year but honestly...where is the international community?

Thanks for the links, I passed them on and visited UNICEF myself.
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