For want of a better title: Katrina

For want of a better title

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina

Taken from the Washington Post (please don't sue me guys):


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There are several relief agencies that could use money:

American Red Cross

America's Second Harvest

Adventist Community Services

Catholic Charities USA

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

ELCA's (Lutheran) Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army USA

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Guide Star also has a list if you prefer non-Christian organisations

FEMA also has a better list


I'd just like to point out one more thing, how come when the US did not donate alot of money to the tsunami relief people kicked up a huge stink, but now that the US faced a disaster on a scale that isn't as bad but very devastating (New Orleans is flooded and in near riot) and equally sad, not a single nation has offered a single cent or volunteer? And Singaporean bloggers have not paid much attention to it. Everyone was ready to roast the US over its stinginess but now when it needs help, not a peep (crickets chirping). I personally have donated to Catholic Charities USA, because of my affliation and also the fact the New Orleans is a very Catholic city (New Orleans Saints as the NFL team for crying out loud).

So please if you have no money, at least tell it to those who do. This is a disaster on the scale the US had not seen in a while. The fact that other states' national gaurds have to go out to the affected states (Iraq war manpower shortages) and that shots had to be fired to calm the New Orleans crowd down (unsubstatiated CNN report, they're uncertain who fired the shots but they think it came from a helicopter) and the fact that 15000 people are living in the Superdome without water, power or sanitation (2 bottles of water a day per adult).

New updates from the 10pm news, people are dying on the streets from lack of any amenities. There's no way out, more people than evacuation vehicles... It's horrible...

I don't know if money will help at all... Interestingly enough the debate is not about outside aid, but about how come the relief effort cannot be excuted more military like (basically asking how come the civilian relief managers cannot be as efficient as their military and aid agnecies counterparts).

So help in anyway you can... This really is quite bad indeed.

Update: 20 countries/ organisations have pledge aid, the UN and Australia amongst them

6 Comments:

  • At 9/01/2005 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    CNN anchors break down
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  • At 9/01/2005 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I stopped in at your blog today and I was wondering if you could help spread the word?

    It's about Hurricane Katrina. Katrina hit the southern United States this week. One million people lost their homes, their jobs, and a few lost their lives.

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  • At 9/01/2005 11:08 PM, Blogger FF said…

    That's probably cos everyone else thinks that USA is big, powerful and rich enough to handle their own crises.

    Sad... what happened. Can't imagine what it'd be like losing my home and family like that.

     
  • At 9/02/2005 1:30 PM, Blogger The Screwy Skeptic said…

    I was wondering about that too. No one's really piped up about helping out these poor people hit by Katrina. With over 10,000 people taking refuge in the Superdome, where they've been without water for 5 days and the toilets are full, you'd think people would take notice.

     
  • At 9/03/2005 2:19 AM, Blogger Tym said…

    I think ff's hit the nail on the head. The perception is that the US, as a nation, has many more resources than any other disaster-prone/recently-hit-by-disaster country. So there is a tendency (which I am equally guilty of) for other countries and citizens to sit back and say, yes, it's very bad in Louisiana, but the US should be able to handle it, they've got the largest economy in the world, the best technology.

     
  • At 9/03/2005 1:23 PM, Blogger Piggydives said…

    well, let's put it this way. if the world's economy giant, who spend billions on space exploration, millions in invading other people's countries, dominates the world trading sectors, breathing down the necks of those whom they think is up to no good, is not able to even fund its own crisis centre, who else can?

    I can only imagine India struggling in the Tsunami recovery, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Aceh is another one. All these are poor countries whose GDP does not even go up high enough to maintain substantial growth. Yes, they are growing but certainly not as financially stable as the USA herself.


    No Kyoto and Bush here. If they were to just cut back 10% of the Space exploration program or even cancel the next space shuttle launch, they could have channeled up to 100million into the crisis funds. just think.

    It would be like a millionaire in Singapore having kidney failure and applying for subsidy for treatment. Who gives?

     

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