World Human Rights Day: Debt Relief to Help Pakistan Flood Victims
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When a devastating flood–the result of fourteen straight days of heavy rain–earlier this summer killed approximately 1,500 people and displaced up to 20 million others, the U.S. immediately reached out with a $50 million aid package. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the scale of the disaster:
In surveying the lives and landscape affected by this disaster, we see brothers and sisters; mothers and fathers; daughters and sons. We see 20 million members of the human family in desperate need of help. This is a defining moment – not only for Pakistan, but for all of us.
Entire villages were washed away, as were fields full of crops. Take a look at the top 5 things that were underreported in the global press about the floods. At the time of the emergency, it was estimated that up to $460 million in aid was needed to keep people safe from waterborne bacterial diseases and help feed and clothe them. Yet emergency relief coordinators noted that only a third of what was needed had been pledged by countries around the world.
Today, on World Human Rights Day, you can support ongoing relief efforts to provide medical care and help to rebuild Pakistan’s roads, towns and farms. While direct aid is urgently needed, you can also sign the petition to have Pakistan’s debt frozen by the International Monetary Fund for two years while the country focuses on recovering from the floods.
Sign now! It’s inhumane to expect an already poor nation to repay international debt in the midst of a vast natural disaster.