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Aid for sale in Pakistan as refugees want cash. Anyone else find this unsettling?

"Mohammad is one of several hundred people who receive a sack of 180 pounds (80 kilograms) of flour, along with cooking oil, pulses, sugar and high-energy biscuits from the warehouse every month. The goods are clearly marked "Not to be Sold or Exchanged." The flour sacks have American flags emblazoned on them....Men with pushcarts then take the goods to shops around 100 yards (100 meters) away, where shopkeepers display them prominently."

Some aid orgs. have already begun doling out cash instead of food. Doesn't this seem wrong? If a disaster has wiped out much of a food/water supply, then why give MONEY to buy something that is lacking in supply?

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kenzie07

Asked by kenzie07 at 2:58 PM on Aug. 30, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100830/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_floods_cash_versus_food
    kenzie07

    Comment by kenzie07 (original poster) at 3:00 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • No its right to do the cash thing... these people are trying to profit from free stuff. Stuff that is given to you to have. If they are truly lacking wouldnt they just take it and eat it instead of selling it to buy what?
    That bothers me!
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 3:03 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • same thing happens here people try to sell there cases of wic formula and sell their food stamps, poor people are always going to look for an easy way at cash rather then use what is handed to them
    wheresthewayout

    Answer by wheresthewayout at 4:10 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • Sounds like it is time to cut off the aid imo.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 4:15 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • Just dumping answers. =)
    itsallabtthem84

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 6:17 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • yup
    alexis_06

    Answer by alexis_06 at 6:50 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • I would cut the aid off as well.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:06 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • This reminds me of when Idi Amin DaDa (his name makes me laugh) Field Marshal President Idi Amin DaDa. He added the "dada"! Anyway, the people of Uganda were starving. Humanitarian aid was pouring in to the country. It was being stopped at the capital and sold to the people. They were poor and couldn't pay, so they starved while "dada" and his generals got fat and happy. Corruption is an ugly thing.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:47 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • If they are selling the items one needs to ask why. If the food isn't what they need then the aid places need to find out what it is that they need. It was my understanding that people were without water and food. If this isn't true why are we putting ourselves out there?
    QuillingDiva

    Answer by QuillingDiva at 12:14 AM on Sep. 2, 2010

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