In Pakistan, Specter of Militant Attack on Aid Workers

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Pakistani man looks over the site of a relief camp in Sukkar. (Pedro Ugarte/Getty)

Pakistan's Taliban hinted on Thursday that they may attack humanitarian workers who are helping to provide relief to more than eight million people affected by catastrophic flooding. "No relief is reaching the affected people, and when the victims are not receiving help, then this horde of foreigners is not acceptable to us at all," a Taliban spokesman told the Associated Press. How do you bring aid to people in need when there are factions in the country threatening attack on those trying to help?

Issam Ahmed, Pakistan reporter for the Christian Science Monitor joins us from the ground for a look at whether aid agencies are changing how they get relief to the displaced.

Mark Ward, acting head of USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance looks at the aid effort on the whole - and how it may have to adapt to changing threats.

Guests:

Issam Ahmed and Mark Ward

Produced by:

Noel King

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