Thursday, January 06, 2005

Charity sets off storm with tsunami aid halt

Charity sets off storm with tsunami aid halt: "Charity sets off storm with tsunami aid halt
By Katrin Bennhold International Herald Tribune Thursday, January 6, 2005
Doctors' group refuses more donations

PARIS The Nobel Peace Prize-winning relief organization M�decins Sans Fronti�res has unleashed a storm of controversy through its decision to stop accepting donations for victims of the Asian tsunamis, adding a new dimension to the unprecedented generosity shown in wealthy countries in response to the disaster.
MSF says the �40 million, or $53 million, it has collected since the deadly wave hit 13 nations in the Indian Ocean and killed about 150,000 people on Dec. 26 is enough to finance its work in the region. While funds are sorely needed for other areas of the world, like Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo, MSF has pledged not to shift earmarked donations from one region to another.


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