Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Some lives are cheaper than others

Up to one million people are displaced by floods and 20,000 are still trapped in the Mexican Gulf Coast states of Tabasco and Chiapas. Tabasco remains 80 percent covered in water after torrential rains caused rivers to break their banks.
Hungry and dehydrated victims of one of the worst floods in Mexico's history scrambled for government packages of food and medicine, while at least 20,000 people remained trapped Monday on the rooftops of homes swallowed by water.

Residents were running dangerously short of food and water after nearly a week of floods left 80 percent of the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco under water and destroyed or damaged the homes of about half a million people. Gov. Andres Granier ordered central streets in the state capital of Villahermosa closed to all but rescue workers to prevent looting.

Feministe (where the title of this post originates) provides a detail which should shock you.

A refugee crisis is in full swing, and in response, the United States has pledged $300,000 to aid displaced persons. Three hundred thousand. Not million.
That is in comparison to Canada which has pledged $500,000 Canadian ($535,000 US) and Ireland which has pledged up to 1 million Euro ($1.4 million US) for the region.

I wonder how much the Bush administration spent today on its adventure in Iraq? Stingy prick.

Research and links provided by Cheryl

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