Skeptics, Humanists, and Atheists Reach Out to Give Aid to Pakistan
Posted by mattusmaximus on August 27, 2010
We’ve all been hearing the news of the devastation in Pakistan due to the unprecedented floods they are experiencing now. I honestly cannot comprehend the level of human tragedy which must be on display there, but I can see how to help out. In the spirit of providing aid to those in their time of need, I would like to pass along to you all a message I recently received from the Center For Inquiry concerning the SHARE (Skeptics and Humanists Aid and Relief Effort) program. Read on, and whether you are religious, non-religious, skeptical, or whatnot, please consider helping out…
Increasing Need in Pakistan
As Pakistan faces the worst natural disaster in its history, SHARE (Skeptics and Humanists Aid and Relief Effort) must provide assistance: every dollar you give will be sent directly to Oxfam to provide food and clean water. We have selected Oxfam as our partnering charity because the need for adequate nutrition and hydration is increasing in the aftermath of the flood.
Pakistan’s flood is of unprecedented proportions. At least 20 percent of the country’s land mass has been affected. According to BBC reports, “The damage is extraordinary. The sheer force of the rushing water swept away everything in its path—even roads and bridges. Recovery will be long and slow.”
Consider this news from BBC mobile: “UN officials have described the humanitarian situation in Pakistan as critical.” Here are the grim statistics (as of August 26):
- 1,539 people have died
- 17 million have been directly affected
- 1.2 million houses have been destroyed, leaving an estimated 8 million people homeless
- 3.2 million hectares of standing crops have been lost or damaged
- A large proportion of people have no access to clean water or sanitation
Today, millions are at risk of contracting waterborne diseases such as cholera while struggling with other health problems including diarrhea and dehydration. In flood-affected areas, health problems usually increase after four to six weeks. Without adequate nutrition and clean drinking water, conditions in Pakistan will only worsen.
As the situation continues, human misery is mounting. More funds are desperately needed. Pakistan’s infrastructure has been shattered—making it more difficult to provide aid where needed. Unfortunately, this disaster will have a major and lasting impact on the people of Pakistan.
We hope that you can give generously to the SHARE campaign to help Pakistanis in need. Thank you!