The UN has rated the flood disaster as the greatest humanitarian crisis. So how are the nations of the world responding? The facts are pretty interesting.
So far the top donor of committed funds (cash in the bank) is UK, closely followed by the USA. When pledged funding is entered into the equation (funding that is promised but has not been desposited in the bank), the US shoots out to the lead by quite a margin. The chart below is made from data gathered by the Guardian.co.uk.
Obviously, monetary funding is a vital need. But it is important to also recognize the non-monetary aid that is being given.
USA has also provided essential supplies in food and transportation. Dawn reports today that US Defense Minister Robert Gates has urgently ordered helicopters into the region to provide additional support to Pakistani relief efforts.
What is especially interesting to see from the facts is that some of the nations that are most vilified – those we love to hate – seem to be doing to most to help us.
In the poll of Pakistan that we wrote about recently, it was reported that 48 percent of people said that US gives little to no financial aid to Pakistan, but looking at the data, things are quite different.
In fact, the US was viewed unfavorably by 68 percent according to the poll, an only 11 percent said they view the US as a partner. China, on the other hand, is seen as a partner by 84 percent. But look at the difference in help that China has given compared to US.
None of this is to say that the US and UK are perfect friends. But it sure seems that they are some of the better friends we have. it’s easy for people to say they are your friend when you don’t need anything, but when you are in trouble – that’s when you find out who your real friends are.