Will Pakistan's Relief Aid Prevent Destabilization?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Robina,6, sits amongst the rubble of her destroyed home August 17, 2010 in Charsadda, Pakistan. The country's agricultural heartland has been devastated, with rice, corn and wheat crops destroyed. (Paula Bronstein/Getty)

20 million people have been affected by the floods in Pakistan in the past three weeks, in what some say is the worst natural catastrophe in recent history. However, even with the United Nations calling for $459 million for immediate relief efforts, aid assistance is still only trickling in. Whether it is "compassion fatigue," lack of funds or a distrust in the Pakistani government's transparency – the real question is, will a failure to act now have greater foreign policy implications for the future stability of the region?

We speak with Michelle Fanzo, project leader for the World Policy Institute. Issam Ahmed, who reports for the Christian Science Monitor is in Pakistan and he updates us on the situation on the ground.

Guests:

Issam Ahmed and Michelle Fanzo

Produced by:

Kateri Jochum

Comments [1]

Karen from NYC

There have been a few stories on WNYC/NPR now about how people are not giving to Pakistan. Considering that one of the reasons people are hesitating to give is that they are weary of where their money goes, it would be helpful if you could provide us with some leads on your website as to where we can donate.

Aug. 18 2010 10:04 AM

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