Sunday, October 09, 2005

This land is my land.... This land is your land.....From New Orleans... to the Himalayas...

19,136 dead. Tonight in Pakistan, people sleep outdoors in the rain. Others in the mountains pray only to survive tonight.When tragedy hits, the poorest are hit hardest, harder still those in poor nations.... Jane, BBCD and Baraka have donation links.... and ofcourse, please pray.

20 comments:

Saadia said...

Its funny I read about this but haven't even heard much about it, not even from Pakistanis! I don't know if my parents are too busy moving or what. Anyways, thanks for the links. Its interesting India is offering to help Pakistan.

Tee said...

My prayers are with the people. As you saw me mention in Dawn's comments, my husband's country was hit by an earthquake. He is from El Salvador in Central America - a tiny place a few countries below Mexico. They always get earthquakes - thankfully, I believe there were no casualties as a result of this one... Their bigger problem at this moment is flooding. Here is a link.
Click Here

(A window will pop up asking if you want to install special language characters - you don't need it to view the article so just X it... I don't know why that comes up as the article is in English.)

roora said...

iam very sorry for what happened aisha! i will pray for them indeed and help to spread the word of donation.

there is also another site
http://www.islamic-relief.com/

Tee said...

aisha, I just figured out the link I gave you is on a Chinese news site, (even though the article is in English). Having trouble finding articles not in Spanish. Here is a small one here.

ASH said...

Actually Malaysia and the Gulf States have pledged an enormous amount of money to help....the problem as with Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Turkish earthquake is that the West only focuses on the good it is doing for people and does not mention anyone else.

I remember after the Israelis destroyed the refugee camps in Nablus and left thousands homeless, I heard nothing about them. It was only through alternate news sources that I found out the government of UAE had literally rebuild the entire refugee camp but with nice fully furnished houses.

We only slap ourselves on the back we don't bring up that others are helping too.

Aisha said...

Tee, thank you for sharing the link. I'm happy to hear youf husband's familyi s allright. CNN world was discussing it. Unbelievably sad....

Ash, thank you for correcting me. I will edit my post accordingly.

roora said...

Ash , i don't wonder that this might happen as the media is not any more trust worthy source for recieving news and info ..they are unfair . So the best thing that we should look and search by ourselves, i.e first hand

Aisha said...

I actually tried searching online for hours to see if a Muslm country was helping and all i found was UAE and Turkey.

Anonymous said...

the US only donated $100,000 so far. give me a break. President Musharraf should have handed it back and said no thanks.

Aisha said...

The US only donated 100K initially to the Tsunami victims but the fact that the media cared and broadcasted this caused public pressure to mount eventually leading to the US donating billions. Unfortunately it seems that the American news media doesnt give a rats tail about Pakistan because so far I only see snippets.... I guess 20,000 dead in Pakistan just isn't tragic enough. Unfortunately this means public pressure won't raise US donations to Pakistan.

Obese Girl said...

Yes, the US are very politically correct in doing so. Nonetheless, my personal focus would be on the receiving end - Every dime would help them oh-so-tremendously.

Let's keep up the prayers for them.

ASH said...

Well the other problem is that the U.S. donated billions to the tsunami effort and today there are still hundreds of thousands without shelter or any start to their lives in Indonesia which was hardest hit. Where did the money go? Even our best intentions sometimes don't mean that people are helped.

Not trying to be cynical....but I've seen this over and over again.

Anonymous said...

hrmm... the 100K dollar figure offered by the US doesn't seem correct. Wikipedia's artilce about this disaster lists the aid offered by various countries (many Muslim). It links to a New York Times article that says the US is providing an "initial contribution" of $50 million, in addition to helicopters, manpower, etc.
-ali

Emory said...

"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

John F. Kennedy

Tragedies like these are measured in individual suffering. Whether that suffering is American, Thai, Pakistani or Indian, suffering makes no distinction.

Money will always repair, but only time heals. Let us give and repair quickly, so that time does not stand still.

Dawn said...

I read 100k from the u.s. too -- seems a bit small.
it is so hard seeing the pictures. so many of those people are truly helpless.

mystic-soul said...

First of all to correct - initial pledge from US is 50 million US $ per dawn.com.

I was searching net to see how human ecology and sociolgy is related to natural disasters and came across many interesting theories from religion's guilt to pure environmentalist. Nobody had real answers.

Do Dinasuers vansihed because they disrupt ecology ????? or god did it ?? ot we all are in rhythmic process of "destroy-n-create" riding roller coaster of entropy, time and space !!!

But for sure - mother nature is furious these days but can't she see that mostly poor suffers!!. Per shayer

"Har saal fail hota hai bachha gareeb ka"

Sohnii said...

Hey Aisha,
yeah my family friends Alhamdulilah everyone are fine....

Its still so sad what happened...
There are some relief sites posted at BBCD's blog...
please help out in any way u can... we're trying to do as much as we can from here

roora said...

Aisha, i was happy to know that Red Crescent in Egypt are collecting donations for this purpose and they already sent a a campaign ..that as far as the egyptian news showed.

Aisha said...

Ali, you're right I saw that the US donated more than 100K on yahoo news. btw- you didn't have to sign your name the fact that you quoated Wikipedia as your primary authority gave you away:).

Emory thanks for commenting and the quote by JFK is so true... It's what I was trying to get across with the title of the post.

Sohni I'm glad to hear that your family is well! Definetly will be donating.

Roora, thanks for the update!! I'm so glad to hear that Muslm countries are helping too. It makes me feel proud. I think we're going to probably donate either to Red Crescent as well or Ehdi foundation. Not sure yet.
Mystic Soul. It's bewildering I agree. Who knows the purpose behind it all. I'm not sure if anyone has done any research on the frequency on natural disasters, but I wonder does it just feel like its happening non stop these days or is that how this has always been?

Anonymous said...

I heart wikipedia
-ali

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