Tuesday, January 18, 2005

major tsunami cash scandal feared - news from ekklesia

major tsunami cash scandal feared - news from ekklesia: "Major tsunami cash scandal feared -16/01/05

Fears that western nations will fail to honour large financial pledges towards relief and development for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Asia and Africa are now growing, a Christian development agency analyst told Ekklesia today.

Aid organisations and NGOs like Christian Aid also face a challenge to maintain existing priorities as private donations earmarked exclusively for the tsunami disaster dominate patterns of giving.

According to a new Oxfam report due to be published this week, the United Nations humanitarian appeal for those areas hit by the Boxing Day tidal wave are still under-funded by 277 million US dollars, with only 723 million US dollars received out of a total pledged of one billion US dollars. "


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