Tsunami relief, one year later
- New York Times: "All told, the tsunami generated a record $13.6 billion in aid pledges, according to the United Nations. Just as rare, donor countries kept their promises. The United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery says 75 percent of the $10.5 billion pledged for reconstruction of tsunami-affected countries has been secured...The progress report on relief and reconstruction is, however, mixed."
- The Washington Times is more brutal: "How come no one is interested in what happened to those billions of dollars? Within 24 hours of Hurricane Katrina making landfall, the media demanded investigations into what, by historical standards, was a better-than-average federal performance. With the tsunami, who cares? The glow of moral virtue in chipping in your donation is so bright the fact that it accomplishes nothing is unimportant."
- But it's not all bad: the relatively small story of how baby Heru is doing well gladdens the heart. (Earlier mention of Heru here, and links thereof.)
add: Earlier posts on relief operations can be linked from this index.