Dec 072010

‘GOOD’s guide to Pakistan v Haiti – which disaster got more aid?’- The Guardian

There continues to be  much debate about why the response to Pakistan’s floods was slow and unincredible compared with the response to Haiti’s earthquake. One can speculate on the combination of factors that  played a part. One writer, however, provides the following piercing insight:

“Humanitarians have long struggled with this paradox… The number of dead, along with the swiftness and drama of their demise, trumps almost any amount of agony among those who survive a disaster, particularly a creeping one”

- ‘The special pain of a slow disaster’, The New York Times, 10/11/2010