Generosity after tsunami could threaten neglected crises
- By: Peter Moszynski
The billions of dollars pledged to help reconstruction after the tsunami shows “humanity at its very best,” said Jan Egeland, United Nations under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, in Geneva last week at the launch of the UN's annual humanitarian appeal process.
But he urged donors not to divert funds from other crises. “It would be the ultimate disappointment for us,” he said, “and tragedy for the victims in all those other areas where we are struggling to keep programmes going on existing levels of assistance, were they to suffer.”
Mr Egeland said that 2005 had started better than any other year, with billions of dollars donated to help survivors of the tsunami. But 2004 had been “a mixed year” in terms of generosity for the most vulnerable. In some areas, the UN did not even have one third of the sum needed.
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