Thursday, August 19, 2010
Why aren't people giving to Pakistan?

Flood survivors in damaged building

 

The images of flooding coming out of Pakistan are devastating and so are reports that millions of people are homeless and about a fifth of the country is under water. But the United Nations reports that it has only collected half of the $460 million it needs for emergency aid in the area – compare that to the $13 billion raised after the 7.0 magnitude quake hit Haiti.

 

Aid workers and analysts told CNN there were several possible reasons that donors aren't giving:

1) The relatively low death (about 1,500 people) total hides the severity of the crisis

2) Donor fatigue

3) Concerns that aid won't get to people who need it because of government corruption

4) Fear that their aid money will go to terrorist groups.

 

Here at CNN, we’ve been following this angle with great interest, particularly since many of the reasons above reflect the sentiments of many of the thousands of user comments we’ve received. Here's a sampling of what people had to say.  (Some of the responses have been edited for length and clarity.)

 

bkallday

I agree half the aid we give them will be mismanaged and most of it will end up somewhere is the Pakistani military, I say NO aid to Pakistan until they finally choose a side: aid the U.S. or help the insurgents who one day plan to overthrow your country.

 

robertopp200

The only positive to have emerged from WikiLeaks is that it made people realize the treacherous nature of the two-headed snake that is Pakistan. Right now, the snake is injured. The international community is foolish enough to tend to it. When the snake heals, it will bite America, India and Europe again. Leave the snake alone!

 

Noble9

Most of the people in Pakistan are friendly and generous. This is the time to extend a helping hand...you never know, you might make a new friend.

 

WhittyG

I feel bad for the Pakistani citizens suffering. It's so unfortunate that their leaders are corrupt -- they need help, but I understand the hesitation of just handing over money.

 

PurePhoenix1

Even though the world wants to help, it's the corrupt politicians and the military that has the last say. Aid may get there, but might be reserved for military leaders, politicians, and terrorists. Someone should just take over that country and make things right for innocent people. But hey, this world has enough war and death for that. I just pray and hope something is done to help those people in need.

 

JoeISP

You don't have to be close to the situation to know that Pakistan hates America and shelters Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Nine years ago I was in lower Manhattan so I was pretty close to THAT situation, and I have no desire to send a nickel of help to the people who protect the animals that murdered 3000 of my countrymen. So take off, eh.

 

venurao

Don't send cash. Send food, clothing, medicine etc. My sympathies are with common people. Politicians, ISI, military, domestic and international terrorist groups have absolutely nothing to do with flood and common people. One can't change old dog's habit. Just don't get deceived again by their tricks.

 

We’d like to hear from you. Why do you think donors aren't giving as much money to Pakistan? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And to find out ways to help, visit CNN's Impact Your World.

110 Comments
August 19, 2010
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Pakistan needs a great deal of help, not solely from the flooding. The politicians should give first, then the rest of the world. And like others have said, do not send money! It'll get "lost" in some official's pockets at best.

August 19, 2010
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How about because people in the United States are having economic problems of THEIR OWN.  Why are we, the United States who have over a trillion (yes that's trillion, folks) giving aid when we ourselves don't have the money to pay for it.  Interestingly, perhaps Americans don't want to follow the governments lead because they're wrong.  Imagine that!

August 19, 2010
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because we dont have it to give or ill end up like them

August 19, 2010
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Human suffering happens worldwide, just because it's concentrated in one area temporarily doesn't mean the United States is obligated to drop everything and throw money at the problem.

 

Human trafficking, AIDS, Malaria, dysentery, starvation...meh! Just make poorly effective charity. A country flooded? A global crisis that we have to spearhead.

 

Those that want to give already have. Guilting people because the limelight has a new focus isn't charity, it's coercion.

August 19, 2010
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HATE TALK PROPAGANDA has demonized brown people with Muslim names. We are told daily that they are dangerous monsters who can't be allowed to pray anywhere near us. Also self-centered - I'VE GOT MINE, SCR*W YOU - mentality seems to be at an all time high. We don't even want to give the children of our poor adequate health care because we are so selfish we don't want anyone else to have what we have. We drive 4X4 Monster Trucks to our jobs at the insurance company; then complain about the high cost of gas. Our perception has become so clouded we can't seem to recognize what an OPPORTUNITY we have here to begin the journey towards PEACE.

August 19, 2010
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I donated to Haiti right away, I will probably donate it to UNICEF to help the Pakistani children, I am sorry but I do not trust all Pakistani adults based upon the facts. I would like to help them too but how do I know they are not associated with those notorious organizations?

August 19, 2010
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What do our politicians and those calling for aid not understand about being broke? You can't give away something you don't have. Are we just going to print more money or borrow it from communist China? We shouldn't be aiding anyone until the national debt is paid off and we have a surplus.

 

Let the nine rich OPEC nations bail them out. They always claim all Muslims are their brothers, well now is the time for them to put their money and resources where there rhetoric is and prove it.

August 19, 2010
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YOU DIRTY INFIDELS SEND US AID OR ELSE !!!!!

August 19, 2010
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I think it is right time that money being collected for mosque/religious centers be diverted to needy people. Mosque and religion can wait. Million of dollars have collected for mosque in NY. Same can be done for helping their own country men.

August 19, 2010
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Cough up Bin Laden and Al Qaeda and we'll feel more inclined to be charitable.

August 19, 2010
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I am Pakistani and IF U DO NOT SEND AID I WILL DO JIHAD AND BLOW MYSELF UP AND KILL ALL OF YOU !!!!! SEND AID NOW YOU FILTHY INFIDELS !!!!!!!!

August 19, 2010
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desi11: You are as much lost as any racist, bigoted American. There is no money for the mosque. Do you even read news. There is zero money raised for the mosque in New York. Personally, I have sent my 2 week salary. Try donating and helping poor. See how good it feels.

August 19, 2010
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why not give me a tax break?  i lose about half my salary to these tax thievery

August 19, 2010
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Why we USA, having homeless people, people with hunger, jobless, being evicted from our homes have to shoulder any disgrace in this world? Why the sheiks, the emirs, the sultans and all the multi trillion dollars gulf muslim states are not helping their "brothers". Like the Spaniards saying: "Looking the the bulls from the fence"     

August 19, 2010
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Where are the oil-rich Moslem countries? Why aren't they coming to the aid of their Moslem brethren? Why are non-Moslems expected to come to the aid of these people who supply terrorists to the whole world, who persecute Christians, who murder Ahmadiyyas and who want Sharia law to be the law of the land? Where are the Moslem countries?

August 19, 2010
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SEND AID TO PAKISTAN OR ELSE I WILL PUSH THE RED BUTTON. YOU HAVE 3 SECONDS TO COMPLY !!!!!---3....2.......1........JIHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD !!!!!!!

August 19, 2010
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we do need to help because of things which makes us unique as HUMAN BEINGS, care, love and hope. We don't hesitate to jump into trillion dollar wars but we have to stop and think multiple times before spending a fraction of that money to help our fellow humans. Yes I understand that a handful of ignorant and extremely narrow minded barbaric people  did that terrible thing on Sep 11th 2001, but we never realized that war is not the solution to abolish these people. The way to uproot these people is through education and awareness. I agree that the chances are high that the money we give, will end up in the pockets of the current corrupt regime, but if we stop helping because of this assumption than we are basically allowing millions of fellow human beings to suffer and die. Is this what we pride ourselves with, humanity?? Have you seen the pictures of kids drowning and lying listless because of hunger. Are those common, poor people who have nothing to do with terrorism going to suffer because of their corrupt leaders and handful of terrorists. And by not helping those people in need we also give the terrorists to recruit new volunteers. If you haven't eaten for days, your children are dying in front of your eyes and then somebody comes and gives you food, shelter and money and then asks you to do their biding whatever it is ,no matter who you are you'll do it.In contrast by helping them we'll only grow one thing in their hearts, that is love and appreciation for us, the human beings.

August 19, 2010
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Even though we Americans are hurting financially, we gave generously to Haiti, and some are still giving. However, Haiti -- even with its corrupt politics -- is not a haven for terrorists. And I agree that the US should not be doling out money to Pakistan. Let OPEC take care of it.

August 19, 2010
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I think "Donor Fatigue" is a joke. The real reasons are terrorism and corruption.

 

We may open our hearts back when we feel that Pakistan is really committed to ending terrorism.

August 19, 2010
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How much $ did Pakistan send the US during Katrina?

August 19, 2010
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As a 14 year old, I think the US is doing the right thing by sending our military to help handle the situation in Pakistan. Our soldiers and support staff won't be effected by Pakistan's curruption as much as if we fund and let the Pakistani government do it themselves.

August 19, 2010
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Maybe if Pakistan would hand over their nukes first, then maybe we can send them some aid

August 20, 2010
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never give money to them . just send some food which is left over here in america. Pakistan is  hiding terrorists and not helping us to fight against them. I hope Bin laden was there and swept away with flood

August 20, 2010
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As you sow so you reap ..what goes round comes around..that was the anger of somebody sitting on top .What you did in mumbai and america came and hit you with interest.My sympathies are with the innocent people over there.I think that except cash all other help should be done...

August 20, 2010
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In a country with extreme government corruption that allows the rich to cheat their way out of paying state taxes... they do not deserve one cent of our money. USA is doing the right thing. It's just too bad that it's taken the US this long to figure that out. It's unfortunate that other developed countries can't see the scheme Pakistan's government is playing.

August 20, 2010
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Any further aid to Pakistan has to be decided extremely carefully. Even though in such a devastating scenario Pakistan won't use the entire aid funds to help the flood victims. Most of the aid money will go to the defense sector to accumulate arms against India. Hence the aid should be in the form of medicine, food, clothes, shelters etc. Absolutely no cash at all.

August 20, 2010
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Frankly, I'm sick and tired of give, give, give to countries that then turn around and kick us in the teeth. When did America become the savior of every dung-heap country with their hand out? Help US first. When our house is in good shape, THEN we can ship BILLIONS to countries that hate us.

August 20, 2010
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I especially enjoyed watching these very folks dancing in their streets after the 9/11 attack. They harbor those who want to do grave injury to the American people, given any chance. There are many more suffering, in the world, that do not wish harm to the American people. The U.S. is unable to provide for all in this world that need assistance. I think it is a simple choice where we should send aide.

August 20, 2010
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WJA

I gave to Haiti, African relief, Asian Tsunami and I'm happy to give again but not to such a corrupt government that has repeatedly allowed terrorism to kill Americans.  Factions of the Pakistani government help the insurgents as well as a refusal by the Pakistani government to allow us to openly hunt down Bin Laden.  Don't fool yourselves, most of the money and aide will not get to the children.  It will be horded by corrupt actors across Pakistan.

August 20, 2010
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Let’s put the oxygen mask on ourselves first before we try to help others in need.  Why die trying to fix the world...

August 20, 2010
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Send them some water.

August 20, 2010
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Abdulameer

"Where are the oil-rich Moslem countries? Why aren't they coming to the aid of their Moslem brethren?"

 

For example Saudi-Arabia (which has a GDP of hardly 1/20th of the USA) so far donated around 107 million $, why is it that for some reason a lot of Americans always seem to think that they are the only ones who donate money?

 

 

August 20, 2010
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Don't they support Al-Queda training camps?

Don't they have nuclear weapons?

 

I don't see where we need to get involved.

August 20, 2010
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Reading people's comments, it seems most of the people considers Pakistanis as not friendly and close to extremists. I hope media should have been highlighting the predominant majority of Pakistanis who are the worst victims of extremism and hate extremists. It is true that Pakistan's politicians are corrupt, there are many NGO's that are doing job very effectively. Just to mention Minhaj Welfare Foundation, who is lead by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has recently given fatwa against terrorists and has been promoting love and peace to Muslims and Non-Muslims. They are also one of the few NGO's who is operating very effectively to help flood victims.

August 20, 2010
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Let the Super Rich Middle East Imams,oil Gurus, and other greedy tyrants take care of their own people. U.S.A. doesnt need to help them, Dont forget 9-11, THESE were the SAME people dancing in the streets.Funny how hurricane Katrina hits the US, and all their religious leaders say its because WE are infidels, BUT, ya dont see those same religious leaders saying ANYTHING now that they are flooded. If they REALLY WANT FOOd AID?? I VOTE TO SEND THEM PORK CHIPS, PORK RINDS.......

August 20, 2010
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Enough is enough! The UN for whatever it is worth needs to coordinate any international aid efforts that surely will include US funds.  If we directly give it or through the UN most likely parts of it will disapear which is another issue.  And most of all we are BROKE and in debt whether we recognize it or not.  Should we borrow more from the Chinese to give it to them?  Maybe they should ask China for a loan instead.  Enough is enough.  We've had it and cannot take it anymore!

August 20, 2010
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"Don't fool yourselves, most of the money and aide will not get to the children." ~ Are we talking about Insurgents, or the American Education/Healthcare/Economy Crisis? 

 

 

August 20, 2010
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Shouldn't the U.S. take care of the U.S. instead of the rest of the world, our people is stressed to the limit I for one am fed up with our government putting the load on it's own people .And i know I am not alone ,sure I would love to help kids in  the world but, most famillies in America are beening put out on the streets,and our own government turns their backs on us and takes care of other country's people .....

August 20, 2010
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Pakistan reminds me of that beggar in the street who, when given large sums of money, buys all the useless stuff and stays on the street and continues to beg. In all of its 60 odd years of history, all Pakistan's successive govermnments (when they weren't under dictatorships more than 50% of that time) have done is to master the dubious art of manipulation of imagined enemies and bogeymen and ostensible friends. I agree with Venu- send food and clothing, for the commonman has nothing to do with this, but DO NOT give the government one more red cent.

August 20, 2010
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Fisrt:  My husband - and IT Network Manager - has been out of work for almost 2 years now.  What few jobs open up have so many applying that there is no shot at getting it.  I am not going to give my money to Pakistan.

 

Second:  Pakistan is NOT a place I wish to help, even if I had the money.  I'm tired of the US throwing our money and resouces to help countries that dislike us.  The people of Pakistan have had years to assist in getting rid of the Taliban by either resisting or ratting out the sympathizers - they choose not to.  So I choose not to help them.  I wish my gov't would stop giving them any assistance - but we won't.

August 20, 2010
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i dont feel like funding their governments slush funds while the people still get infections from walking around in their own feces.

Not to mention that country would see America dead and buried and not care so yeah...not caring so much this time.

lack of compassion? Think what you want. i'd rather continue to help helpless animals on the planet rather than the helpless assassins of the American way of life.

August 20, 2010
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We are not giving for a few reasons:

 

1. WE ARE BROKE

2.  The country is borke

3.  We are taxed too much

4.  Katrina and Haiti has shown us to NEVER give money again, too much corruption.  Sorry if it is cold hearted, but I do not care if you show me a dying child, I am not sending money to ANY charity.

 

I donate food, water, blankets, clothes (and I do it ALOT).  When there are hurricanes in Florida, I donate my time as well.

 

I will not, however, send money to any thing ever again.

August 20, 2010

Don't worry, the Marines will be there soon enough.

August 20, 2010
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I'm uemployed and can't afford to.  Also, I don't trust the Pakastani government.  I think most of the money would be the lining of many pockets and not getting to where it should be.  I gave to Haiti and where did that money go?  It sure as hell didn't get to the people of Haiti.  I feel the same would happen in Pakistan.

August 20, 2010
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Any kind of help to Pakistan is a waste resources. 80% of help will be misused - 200% sure. Somebody mentioned Pakistan is like two headed snake. Once they r healed they will bite American again. If you see, Pakistan has a 80% contribution in terror to this world......

August 20, 2010
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It is hard to give to other countries that danced and cheered in the streets after 9/11. 

 

Please understand I don't wish them anything bad.  But I will not give/donate any aid to any other country until we in the US are on solid gound.   We have plenty of children and folks in the USA that need aid.  We come first.  The Katrina damage is still not picked up yet.

 

So I hope the folks in Pakistan make it but as far as I'm concerned they have to make it on there own steam.

 

If this was the USA underwater no one would help us.

August 20, 2010
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Aid will only go to corrupt politicians or terrorists, not to people in need.

 

August 20, 2010
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Unfortunately we'll realize much later that Pakistan has no vested interest in anything related to the US.  We're finally realizing that you can't trust the government there and anything we do is simply an exercise of no gain.  You can't make friends with someone who is trying to be your enemy; you'll be taken advantage of and end up angry.  What good has Pakistan offered lately?  I feel bad for the innocent people, but maybe the government there should be more focused internally as opposed to taking "financial support" and turning it toward their military.

August 20, 2010
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Terrorists are the only ones that would get it..Besides if I am going to help I will do it here at home..The American people need help too..I do not see any one coming to our aid...We cannot save everyone!!!

August 20, 2010
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I read almost all comments written by every one on this blog site.  My overall interpretation is that "We should not donate to Pakistan till its corrupt government is changed and till its military regime has disconnected from terrorist organizations."  Almost every one has sympathy for the poor people who are suffering due to floods but we are reluctant to offer any help to them because of government's corruption and links to terrorists.  Well friends, Is this fact not known to US Administration?  This is a world-known fact but still every single government that came in power in USA, has donated billions of dollars to Pakistan.  Start from Reagan,Senior Bush, Bill Clinton, Junior Bush and now Obama administration.  They all have given (sorry donated) billions of dollars and they continue to pour dollars to the corrupt Pakistani government that never broke its links to Taliban and BinLaden. 

 

This no way means that I am saying that we should donate.  But can we ask our political leaders to look into this?  Thanks.

August 20, 2010
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If we help out other countries we should have total say in how those countries use the funds.If we dont help them we only reinforce their view of us,and if we do help them we run the danger of having our aid used against us.

 

This one will be tricky,but we cant do nothing

August 20, 2010
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Isolation ship helped WWII get out of hand before we got involved, guess that generation of people do not post much. As well, they have nuclear warheads, remember that. If we do not help the correct people (no clue how we know who they are) we will be facing another cold war, however not this reasonable USSR but with extremists who are willing to die to take us out.

August 20, 2010
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Sorry Pakistan, your corruption and terrorist breeding grounds is to blame for the lack of pity and charity. Why is the Taliban not helping by trying to win hearts and minds? They always claim to be waging holy war for the sake of their muslim brothers. Take some of the millions you make off heroin and buy food and water instead of guns. Al qaida where are your donations? Pakistan this is Allah punishing you for all your sins!

August 20, 2010
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Why aren't the oil rich Islamic countries sending their money and assistance there rather than supporting terrorism.  Why is it that only Christian countries are willing to assist countries in trouble?

 

Let the Islamic countries answer this?  America is having enough trouble with jobloss, higher costs of living, and bashing from our own president and other countries.  Let the Islamic countries step up and support the rest of the world!!!  They won't!!!! But will be glad to bash Christian countries for not doing enough!!!

August 20, 2010
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Man, its tough to be a good Christian these days.  Its especially tough to feel the way we're supposed to feel towards the downtrodden in a country like Pakistan.  Their religious leaders, government agencies, tribal elders, scentists, media and educators have all demonized the west and in particular the American people and are more than partially responsible for the "holy Jihad" the world has been suffering through for the past couple of decades.  They've elevated religion to be the great divide amongst the worlds people regardless of race, gender, caste, economics or politics...amazing in this day and age that something so personal as your faith is a deciding factor on your worth as a human being. 

I don't believe that God has brought forth wrath on these poor people with a flood for the evil actions of their government...I mean why single out Pakistan?  Children are sick and hungry and need a roof over their heads.  Donate but donate to a legitimate charity experienced with disaster relief efforts all over the world..Red Cross/Red Crescent have the experience and the means to do the most good in a situation like this.  Doing the Christian thing isn't supposed to be about getting the thank you or the admiration of the people..its not gonna happen and you shouldn't expect it...Just know you are doing the right thing.  I don't really care how they spin it..charity is God's work and ultimately, for those who believe, God's opinion of how I lead my life is the only important one anyway.

August 20, 2010
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Our goverment (U.S.) has allready guaranteed $150 or $160 million dollars we need right here to take care of our jobless, homeless and hungry, look at what other countries has offered. It seems were suppose to open our wallets wider and wider shit why not just post our bank account numbers. I for one don't have anything else to give. It has allready been ask where does Pakistan stand with or against us ? We're allready creating another Nicaragua in Afghanistan how many do we need ? We are not the rich super power we once were and never will be again but we should atleast be able to decide where our tax dollars are going. It's a true shame were borrowing money from Japan and China to give away.

August 20, 2010
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You are kidding right? The US has given far more money to Pakistan than any other country. Our country is in dire need of that money. Maybe if it had not happened so quickly after the earthquake in Haiti then more money would be donated. It's time for other countries to step up to the plate and give.

August 20, 2010
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Tell them to give us Osama Bin Laden and we will be happy to send all the aid they need.

August 20, 2010
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Pakistan must make a choice. As the only Arab nation with nuclear weapons it must choose to be a contribuing memeber to the global community.  Corrupt officials must be removed from office.  I agree they should receive humanitarian aid but bit in the form of currency. 

August 20, 2010
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America needs to keep her hands in not handing out. When our problems are solved then we can show the world how good we are. But not untill we have cleaned our own back yard.

August 21, 2010
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Are they really on our side?  I have had my doubts for some time.  If they had been a true friend during this war on terror, the cash would be flowing: americans are generous to a fault when a friend is in need.

August 21, 2010
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During her two tenures as Prime Minister, Benazir and her husband Zardari stole $ 1.8 billion and during Nawaz Sharief's to tenures he stole $ 1.4 billion.  Zardari till this day steals money from Pakistan and has his 19 year old son as a Chairman of a major political party in the country without any qualifications. Maybe they should request Zardari, Nawaz, the Genarals that ruled before them and all others that have looted billions to return that money.  All problems of Pakistan will be solved.  I am against giving any money to Pakistan even though I am a Pakistani American.  Enough is enough.  Everyone needs to figure out their own problems.  Also the $100 million alloted for the NY mosque will also go a long way in helping these people.  There is no reason for a religion to exist if it does not before its poor before building grand structures.   

August 21, 2010
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help its poor i mean

August 21, 2010
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By the way I am of Ahmediyya background.  I will donate money when the Pakistani government publically apologizes for murder, discrimination, and humiliation of my people for years now.  You cannot even get a Pakistani passport without condemning the Ahmediyya people on a piece of official paper.  Apology for treatment of christians and Hindus through the blasphemy law.  Just two days before the floods two Christian brothers charged with blasphemy were murdered outside a court in presence of police. Not a single Pakistani government official condemned the massacre of 90 Ahmediyya before that.  I lost my own cousin in that massacre who was the most kindest and gentle sould I had ever met.  Evere since me and my family moved to United States.....it is the first time in our lives that we have felt safe.  I have two brothers who are studying to be doctors and I an engineer.  We would rather contribute to this country than our own homeland.  Dont give these people a penny.  I have lived and grown up among them.  Take my word....they will stab you in the back with the same aid money that you give them today.  Enough is enough.  

August 21, 2010
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dont give them aid as simple as that.

August 21, 2010
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NPC

Darwin was right.  Let nature settle this.

August 21, 2010
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They had their chance to give Osama up and haven't for 10 years. They get no help for keeping the world's most wanted terrorist safe. This is punishment for them, let them suffer!

August 21, 2010
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Reality check. The United States doesn't control the weather. Not only would the Pakistanis not help the US if it were the other way around, but they would take advantage of the situation and attack us.

August 21, 2010
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I am a Pakistani and I am not donating money because I strongly believe any donation I give will go in the pockets of the politicians who are thoroughly corrupt. Zardari, the current President, is well known in Pakistan for his corruption. He is not the only politicians who is corrupt. It saddens me to say that corruption is embedded in the fabric of Pakistan. It's frustrating  that the politicians are not accountable to any one, not even the international organizations that provide aid to Pakistan. Sometimes I wonder if the international aid organizations understand that they are giving money to the politicians in the name of the country. Pakistan's  citizens live in excruciating poverty and are suffering while these politicians get rich at the country's expense.

August 21, 2010
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I give to almost all disaster; however I don't trust the Pakistan Government and will not give.  I also think the wealthy Islamic countries should take care of this disaster.

August 21, 2010
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Maybe if government had put more resources into improving its infrastructure instead of making a nuclear bomb they wouldn't be in such a sorry state right now. I gave my money to help our own citizens in the Gulf. Let other countries do something for once instead of it always being the US.

August 21, 2010
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let the oil rich arab countries handle it, show their true muslem brotherhood.

August 21, 2010
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Pls don't stop your aid to Pakistan.If you do,the blackmail will start .."If you do not give us aid,we will even give up the farce of trying to wipe out the extremists.Then we will export even more terrorists to every part of the world.And we are very good at it.This is one part of our foreign policy that that really worked for us in the last 50 years.And we have to keep hating everyone else for our own problems.That keeps us united.We cannot give it up ...for God's Sake !!!!!!! "

August 21, 2010
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How about...I lost my job and took a temp one at half pay.  Missed the Fed. COBRA help and have to pay the full ride myself...almost an entire paycheck.  I have nothing left to give.

 

And if did have something left to give...I would give locally in my town.

August 21, 2010
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Simple, everytime I give some ingrateful country a buck, they turn around, while pocketing the cash say No one is helping them. Their own country men and neighbors give not a dime.

 

And yet the USA is evil, hated and the great satan when I walk to the corner and see homeless vets begging for change. So no more money for the dirt countries that never improve humankind. They can rot...or drown and next time they ask for aid, they better say "Thank you." not "Your evil gimmie more."

August 21, 2010
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By the actions of the country's leaders, Pakistan has shown its current preference and intentions.  No money from me - that's my choice. And I don't care what other people do.

August 21, 2010
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I think we are tired of the mess that is the middle east......the pictures break my heart...but I know that no dime I give will ever reach those who need it.

August 21, 2010
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The people are not giving too much to the Pakistan for several reason. Pakistan has been an Haven for Terrorists for many years. Pakistan also plays two face politics with world and secretly helping the groups like Al-Qaida and Talibans. Pakistan is most corrupted nation in the world and now all the people in the world understand the true betrayal strategy and color of this country.

August 21, 2010
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Already donated to a couple of good NGOs providing food and medical aid. 

August 21, 2010
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Maybe it's because a bunch of self-righteous actors and rap "artists" in Hollywood haven't bothered to hold a telethon like they did for Haiti.

August 21, 2010
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how about the simple fact that we just don't have it to give.................even if we wanted to

August 21, 2010
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NPC

It is a toilet.  I have been there.  Every now and then the toilet needs to be flushed.

August 21, 2010
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I have my own issues. And why doesn't our own country  help our own citizens? It seems like aid got to them quicker than we helped the victims of Katrina!

August 21, 2010
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DLJ

Well are we not STILL dealing with Katrina ourselves?  Where was the foreign aid that we needed at the time? How much did Pakistan send to help us? How much did anyone send to help us?  People in Pakistan were dancing in the streets and cheering 09/11.  It is a fact that Pakistan harbors and helps terrorists that have killed many many innocent people over the years and now we are supposed to just forget all that and give........I think we're fed up of being told how selfish Americans are and how the West is BAD....but now we are good enough to take $ from.........

August 21, 2010

In my mind, I think of the poor innocent children, and then, beside them stand men and women who would kill our soldiers. I haven't yet divided the images. I can't. I see the children being raised to kill, and kill, and kill.

August 21, 2010
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No aid what so ever! Thaks for aiding in my brothers death!

August 21, 2010
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I would be skeptical about donating cash for reasons mentioned by other users, however I would be okay giving clothes etc. The question is who will ferry those items to Pakistan? Is any Organization collecting items/donations for them?

August 21, 2010
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NPC

texan2007

 

They don't want your clothes, just your money.  You cannot hide clothes in Swiss bank accounts.

August 21, 2010
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rightly or wrongly Pakistan had some very bad press here in the States a few weeks ago about them practically double crossing us and even to the point where some of our troops were put into harm's way because of it. There are some people in this country that even claim this is "God's way" of punishing them. People here sometimes don't want to see what the whole story is after hearing just the negative parts of it and I think that may be part of the problem in itself.

August 21, 2010
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During her two tenures as Prime Minister, Benazir and her husband Zardari stole $ 1.8 billion and during Nawaz Sharief's two tenures he stole $ 1.4 billion.  Zardari till this day steals money from Pakistan and has his 19 year old son as a Chairman of a major political party in the country without any qualifications. Maybe they should request Zardari, Nawaz, the Genarals that ruled before them and all others that have looted billions to return that money.  All problems of Pakistan will be solved.  I am against giving any money to Pakistan even though I am a Pakistani American.  Enough is enough.  Everyone needs to figure out their own problems.  Also the $100 million alloted for the NY mosque will also go a long way in helping these people.  There is no reason for a religion to exist if it does not help its poor before building grand structures.   By the way I am of Ahmediyya background.  I will donate money when the Pakistani government publically apologizes for murder, discrimination, and humiliation of my people for years now.  You cannot even get a Pakistani passport without condemning the Ahmediyya people on a piece of official paper.  Apology for treatment of christians and Hindus through the blasphemy law.  Just two days before the floods two Christian brothers charged with blasphemy were murdered outside a court in presence of police. A few weeks before that 6 Christians were burnd alive by a mob after someone spread a rumor that they burned a quran only to find out later that it was actually a land dispute between christians and muslims.  Not a single Pakistani government official condemned the massacre of 90 Ahmediyya and christian killings.  I lost my own cousin in that massacre who was the most kindest and gentle soul I had ever met.  Evere since me and my family moved to United States.....it is the first time in our lives that we have felt safe.  I have two brothers who are studying to be doctors and I an engineer.  We would rather contribute to this country than our own homeland.  Dont give these people a penny.  I have lived and grown up among them.  Take my word....they will stab you in the back with the same aid money that you give them today.  Enough is enough.   

August 21, 2010
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I wouldn't donate clothes either. I was born and live in South America, and every now and then we hear about donation goods ending up in the wrong hands. Just recently a friend of mine met this millionaire man who said that his business was to buy containers of donation goods in my country for reselling in a neighboring country. I am sure most of the time charity money (and goods) go to corrupt politicians/government, corrupt NGOs, and mafia organizations. I think you should attend the needy in your own country.

August 21, 2010
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Pakistan 

 

“I am the punishment God has sent you for having committed such great sins!” 

 

The Waters (by: Dlsiluk)

 

August 21, 2010
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All government is corrupt. It's no excuse not to attempt to help millions of suffering people; mothers, fathers, and children just like ourselves. Americans have hardened hearts against Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries, and understandably so, but when it comes to aiding innocent civilians who have no direct relation to the government of their nation nor to the extremists who often overshadow the majority, that is simply immoral.

 

The people dying in Pakistan right now are most likely not terrorists. They are probably the children of tomorrow who could bring Pakistan out of it's current state of corruption and into a peaceful and democratic future.

 

But they won't have that chance if they die from drinking dirty water and having no medical aid.

August 22, 2010
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what is the collection in aid of?

I'm not going to give aid to tomorrow's killers, not to these poor people not to this barbarian country. They need grow up alone and understand where from this reaction came

August 22, 2010
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I always thought the U.S. made itself different from other nations because of its generosity.  We could set an example on what it means to help your brothers/sisters. 

 

Not all the Pakistani's are bad, just as not all Americans are not bad because we have our own share of bad people. We could put our foot forward and show why America is the great nation that it is in good and bad times. 

 

You can donate directly to the aid organizations helping out in the disaster to reduce the chance it's going into the wrong hands. 

 

Yes, Pakistan probably didn't help us when we had Katrina, but does a country have to help us for us to help them?

August 22, 2010
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go on youtube and type in brothers killed in Sialkot Pakistan......and then come and tell me if you want to still donate. 

August 22, 2010
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OneStarman and jst1guy are the only people on here that make any sense. The rest of you are cold, cold, cold. Give to reputable organizations, give what you can (don't overextend yourself) or donate food and clothing. And if you can't give anything, that's understandable, but you don't need to tear down the spirit of the people who have enough good will in their hearts to help. What difference is there between the PEOPLE of Haiti and the PEOPLE of Pakistan. Nothing.

August 22, 2010
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It's sad that so many comments on here are so cynical. Yeah, America is in a lot of debt-Americans are in a lot of debt. But when you think of the 2 BILLION people in the world that live on less than $10/day...maybe we could spare the money we were going to use on that overpriced lunch on a legitimate charity that will help people in TRUE need. Men, women, children, babies--are you really going to turn a blind eye to them when they desperately need your help? Of course everyone can't give to every group of needy people, we'd all go broke trying to help EVERYONE. But at least have a heart and support those who DO want to help. Do you really not give because you think it will get spent wrongfully, or is it more about being selfish and lacking empathy? Seems like a lot of people are trying to make excuses for not caring....

August 22, 2010
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No Aid for Terrorists or their Sponsors. No Aid for a money pit, failed state. No Aid for the epi-center of Terrorism.

August 23, 2010
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I havent been watching much tv lately.  Have the Hollywood celebrities come out to rally support for donations for Pakistan?   Cuz, we "fat, dumb Americans" dont know to donate unless moviestars tell us to and answer the phones.  

 

i think it is mainly donor fatigue.  it never ends.  give and give and it's like nothing gets better.  also, most of the countries we give to love it when USA is in need and they wont help.  Still, tis better to give than recieve.

August 23, 2010
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there is a bias that the people of Pakistan are not worth saving for the greater good. Save one Pakistani and there is a great chance you are feeding a future terrorist. People don't see Pakistani as victims, they are portrait

(not only by the media) as tough rebels. Lets not kid ourselves. What we see is what we give!

August 23, 2010
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dont listen to these pakistani31 and some one like that ....they want u to be against pakistan .

i know as a pakistani , i know my govt is 100% corrupt .

but please do something for the people of pakistan .

I say to USA please take them out our govt from power and put some u think is better for the people

may God bless pakistan .

August 24, 2010
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I don't understand why MRE's, Bottled water and First Aid Kits are not being air dropped by the millions to reach the real victims in the flood. Especially with so many children at risk, I fear the life loss will end up being so staggering we will all be ashamed.

August 25, 2010
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Let's see, They burn our flag in the streets, show it on TV, and then tell me I am terrible when I do not donate money to their country to help in a time of need.  Maybe when I see the people of Pakistan openly praising America for what they try to do for the world, well then maybe I will change my attitude.  Now, the other side of me is very sad when I see pictures of children among the devastation.  Regardless of what people say, tragedies cause loss of life, no matter how quickly the world reacts.  That is why it is a tragedy.  When every American has a job, and does not live in poverty, then I will worry about the rest of the world. I may not make $10 dollars a day, but I can't buy a gallon of milk for a penny either.

August 26, 2010
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Why do we have to help other countries while ours is falling apart all over.

 

I donate and help out my local community, knowing it does some good.

I pay my taxes to the state and county, hoping they do some good with it.

 

I'm fine with foreign aid if it's in the form of donations from companies and individuals. As a state or country isn't it's job to protect within it's borders.

Missouri (where I'm from) taxes should go only to improve Missouri.

Federal Tax dollars should only go to improve the states within it.

 

Imagine how amazing this country would be if we just kept things simple.

August 26, 2010
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Why arent muslim countries in the forefront to help Pakistan ??  Muslims are sitting back and plotting terrorist attack and let USA be the first to help...

USA ahould pull out and let Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and other muslim countries fund the effort.

 

August 26, 2010
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There are so many children suffering in pakistan which is a poor country, why do these muslims keep screwing 4 wives and producing kids and they do not think how will they support / feed the kids...they are too busy plotting how to kill or create havoc in other people who are living peacefully. If only muslims would think how to be responsible citizens and better their lives.  

August 31, 2010
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if i could i would i fill so bad

 

September 3, 2010
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巴基斯坦加油,中国支持你。

September 9, 2010
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I think its because the of the distorted picture of Pakistan painted by the media. Islamic country + filled with religious fanatics + Nuclear weapons + Terrorists = Pakistan. Pakistan came into existence 64 years ago, and only honest and patriotic leaders we ever had was Jinnah and Liaqut Ali Khan, after that the country still young fell into the hand of Military dictators and corrupt feudal lords who just kept on suppressing the poor and uneducated to this very day.

It is easy to close your eyes to reality and follow the conventional and common wisdom without asking questions, blaming and coming up with excuses is also easy,like

" I  don't wanna donate because I know the money will fall in to the hands of corrupt politicians" of-course it will, but there are other ways to donate and help, if you can open a website and read this blog I don't have to tell you how, Thank you.

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