Oxfam says that substantially less has been pledged to flood relief effort than for previous disasters.Hmm, I wonder why that might be?
The international response to the flood disaster in Pakistan has been slow and ungenerous, compared with other relief efforts, according to Oxfam.
The leading aid agency said that, as of 9 August, governments had committed less than $45m, with an additional $91m pledged.Might it be that all those other disasters were before governments were forced to admit that there's a world-wide recession? And that now the voters are getting hit with cuts, they may not look too kindly on ministers making free with their money?
Despite the huge scale of the disaster, which has affected 14 million people and killed at least 1,600, this is substantially less than the amount of money pledged for other disasters over a similar time period.
India, Pakistan's historic enemy and close neighbour, has not offered any assistance at all. After the 2005 earthquake, it donated 25 tonnes of food, medicine, tents and blankets.And what did it get in return?
Gratitude? Why, no, not exactly...
So far, just five countries - Britain, the US, Australia, Italy, and Kuwait - have offered more than $5m assistance.With the exception of (possibly) Kuwait, none of those are Muslim countries. So how are they helping out their Muslim brothers and sist...
The Pakistani Taliban has urged the government to fund relief efforts itself and refuse to accept Western aid money.