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Friday, 15 November 2013

Slow pace of relief efforts generates frustration amongst the victims.

 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/typhoon-haiyan-relief-effort-stalls-philippines?commentpage=2

 

Frustration spreads in Philippines at slow pace of typhoon relief effort





 Typhoon victims queue for free rice at a businessman's warehouse in Tacloban city


 
As is frequently the case in these disasters, (remember Haiti?), the "international community" promise mountains and deliver molehills.
There is an understandable skepticism amongst many ordinary people donating to the various funds as to whether all of their donation will actually find its way into the relief effort, or whether some percentage will be siphoned off into the pockets of politicians, profiteers and gangsters in the affected country. The NGO relief organisations do their best with what they have, which is why ordinary people continue to donate.
Governments have much to learn from charities.