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World Human Rights Day: Debt Relief to Help Pakistan Flood Victims

World Human Rights Day: Debt Relief to Help Pakistan Flood Victims

Looking for a way to mark World Human Rights Day today?
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.

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Photo credit: by Monica K. Smith, U.S. Army [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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1:13AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

signed

9:10AM PST on Dec 13, 2010

Gladly signed !!!

9:49PM PST on Dec 12, 2010

signed

6:10PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

This aid is just to support the banksters who are responsible for this tragedy. Funny how its only been this bad since the American military blew the hell out of the surrounding mountains blocking the natural flow of Pakistanis river system . Its my belief this had to be an engineered disaster like many others we have been subjected to. Don't forget America has the technology to control weather, why do you think billions was and is being spent on this research.

5:43PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

thanx for the posting

3:26PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

Thanks for the post. I, like many others wonder who takes care of the money and the distrubition of it. Some countries who committ themselves to aid (money) do not deliver, as was found out with Haiti.
With the world economy the way it is, I think that each country is going to have to look after their own, until economies get better or some kind of World Relief Bank could be set up with people worldwide who could afford, could send it there to be used for world disasters.This of course would have to be closely monitored by several separate boards. (Can't put trust in anything these days when it comes to $$$$)

12:16PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

I do believe we should help others when they are in trouble. But don't you sometimes wonder where the money goes? Even here in the USA. We hear of all the aid and money that is contributed by people and governments, but you go back a year or two or three years later and little or nothing has changed.

I think we need an arm of the UN like UNICEF that works very much like the Red Cross and monies should be contributed on a monthly basis from all countries to help in disasters. They should also have trained personnel to go in help the people immediately and start rebuilding immediately.
Than and only then will we see improvements.

Perhaps, the same concept or something similar should be done for extreme poverty areas where disease could become a concern. This could be demanded by a World Court. In these cases, the country that could afford to do something but did nothing should be handed a bill. Once the clean up is done and people have clean homes and food, the court could order an approved education program. This is one way to irradicate world poverty.

We can help people; we as nations, as people of the world need to demand it.

10:41AM PST on Dec 11, 2010

I hope they get the help they need, but at the same time perhaps they could help the rest of the world to find out where Osama is hiding.

10:17AM PST on Dec 11, 2010

Sorry, but with all the problems that we have on our home front, we can't be helping anybody else. The USA should take care of itself first and everybody else later. Just think that if all the counties that we have helped in the past, paid us back today in a lump sum, we wouldn't have any debit.

8:22AM PST on Dec 11, 2010

Sadly and regrettably, most of the world is begging and in need of money including with our own territory. Do our farmers and families deserve less help when they lost everything in a tornado or flood? Not all is covered by insurance and government aid comes too often at snail pace. It is fortunate that many of us so far were spared of such drama thus perhaps can shout a little louder of what should be done outside our borders.

I can assure you that if I could I would love to help every person on this planet, because I do believe that not everyone including considered “enemy” states is bad but rather obeys to a brutal fist. Possible that I am still naive in spite of having enjoyed many moons on this lovely Earth, in spite of crushing blows to animals and environment - something within me believes in the general goodness of people.

Local disasters are quickly forgotten all it takes is a flick on the remote and by tomorrow the news has another “exciting” story.

Those who reprimand our governments for not helping world problems should make an effort and go to local disaster areas and roll up their sleeves, perhaps they get to realize how difficult and expensive it is to rebuilding a life here.

We only can help the world if we are strong within the core of our society or all will crumble.

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