Muslim Countries talk a good game. Pakistan is facing a horrible disaster, floods, triggered by torrential monsoon rains in the north-west, have moved south through the country, submerging towns and farmland. More than 1,600 people have died and about six million are homeless after Pakistan’s worst flooding.In total, about 17 million of Pakistan’s 166 million people have been affected by the disaster and they are being cheap with helping their “brothers” out.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) says Muslim countries, organizations and individuals have pledged nearly $1 billion in response to Pakistan’s disaster, to the Pakistan flood emergency, but figures made available by the United Nations call both claims into question. With the exception of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Kuwait, none of the OIC’s 56 member states have contributed – or pledged – donations reaching the double-digit millions.
Fifteen OIC member governments have together given or pledged a total of $157.2 million, according to the U.N. Financial Tracking Service figures dated August 27.
The State Department says the U.S. is now providing $200 million — $150 million to support immediate relief efforts and $50 million to help impacted communities recover. That is in addition to “significant in kind and technical assistance.” It also does not include “generous contributions” by American businesses and private citizens.
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The U.N. puts the U.S. figure at $155.9 million plus a further $50 million pledged. It says Saudi contributions are $74.4 million, plus a further $40 million pledged.
Separate statistics from Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) say Saudi Arabia has delivered relief worth $40 million, handed over $5.3 million in cash, and that another $67 million worth of relief is “in the pipeline.”
The $1 billion announcement was made during a visit to Pakistan on Sunday. but it seems to be baseless bragging. The U.N. Financial Tracking Service figures show OIC member states’ contributions as follows:
Saudi Arabia ($74.4 million plus $50 million pledged); Turkey ($14.6 million); Kuwait ($5 million plus $5 million pledged); Oman ($5 million); Bahrain ($2.6 million); UAE ($2.1 million); Morocco ($2 million); Afghanistan ($1 million); Algeria ($1 million); Indonesia ($1 million); Malaysia ($1 million); Azerbaijan ($1 million pledged); Iran ($0.75 million); Qatar ($0.6 million) and Egypt ($0.25 million). Jordan, Sudan and Syria had pledged aid in kind, with no value assigned.
That totals $167.3 Million much less than one billion.
The end of the monsoon season is still weeks away, and the flooding continues to move steadily southward.
More than 200,000 residents of Thatta near the Indus River delta were forced to evacuate their homes late last week after the swollen river breached a levee. Reports early Monday said the center of the historic town was under five feet of water.
It’s time for the Muslim nations to stop talking and take care of one of their own. Everyone else is
Major non-Muslim donors include the U.S. ($155.9 million plus $50 million pledged); Britain $64.7 million plus a further $43.2 million pledged); European Commission ($55.6 million plus a further $39.30 million pledged); Australia ($31.6 million); Canada ($29 million) and China ($18 million).
Its Hard to understand why the United States should provide over $200 million of our hard earned dollars, when the Muslim countries are not giving.
Source CNS News