British Government Shamed Into Pledging More Aid | December 31, 2004
This morning the UK government had pledged a measly £15 Million pounds in Aid to help the relief efforts in South East Asia. A fraction of what’s needed and a tiny percentage of what’s been spent on the war in Iraq. By Thursday evening the charity donations from the UK alone had reached £25 Million, shaming the UK government into raising it’s contribution by £35 million.
The US initially pledges $15 million, a figure U.N. humanitarian-aid chief, Jan Egeland described as “stingy”. By Tue the US had raised it’s contribution by $20 million, however this is still a tiny amount compared considering the scale of the devastation.
Posted at December 31, 2004 12:10 AM