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08/14/2010

Flood - ravaged Pakistan

The Pakistani crisis began in late July, when unusually heavy monsoon rains tore through the country from its mountainous northwest. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed. Agriculture has been severely hit, with an estimated 1.7 million acres (nearly 700,000 hectares) of farmland wiped out.  The floods have killed about 1,500 people and left some 20 million homeless.  

Toronto Star Picture Editor Wanda Goodwin highlights some of the images from this week of the devastation in Pakistan.

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Floods go on hundreds of kilometers, seen from a Pakistan Army helicopter on an aid mission August 14, 2010 flying over Sindh province, Pakistan.  (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)

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A young flood victim, who was yet to be given a name, slept in a road median after her family evacuated their villages in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province on August 14, 2010. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

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Pakistani rescuers help survivors in a flooded area of Khangarh on August 14, 2010.  Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said 20 million people had been affected by the worst floods in the country's history as the UN confirmed the first cholera case.  (AFP PHOTO/ Banaras KHAN)

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Flood victims run towards the Pakistan Army helicopter to grab aid being dropped August 14, 2010 flying over Sindh province, Pakistan. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)

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A Pakistani flood survivor carries belongings in a flooded area of Shah Jamal village on August 13, 2010.     (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pakistan army truck transports flood-affected people to safe areas in Muzaffargarh near Multan, Pakistan on Aug. 13, 2010.  (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)

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Pakistani mother Bushra Humayoun watches over her twins Abdullah Khan (L) and Muhammed Bilal in the field hospital were they were born at a college converted to a camp for flood survivors by the army on the outskirts of Nowshera on August 12, 2010.   (AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI)

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 A man and his cattle are surrounded by water on his farm, as seen from a Pakistan Army helicopter on an aid mission August 12, 2010 flying over Sindh, Pakistan.  (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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A young Pakistani flood survivor stands outside her makeshift tent, in Charsadda, in Pakistan's northwest,  Aug. 11, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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Residents evacuting through flood waters dodge an army truck carrying relief supplies for flood victims in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province August 11, 2010.    (REUTERS/Adrees Latif )

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Pakistani flood victim Mohammed Nawaz hangs onto a moving raft as he is rescued by the Pakistan Navy August 10, 2010 in Sukkur, Pakistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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A man marooned by flood waters, alongside his livestock, waves towards an Army helicopter for relief handouts in the Rajanpur district of Pakistan's Punjab province on August 9, 2010. The Pakistan floods have killed more than 1,600 people and left two million homeless. (REUTERS/Stringer)


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Can someone explain why the Canadian taxpayer is being forced to send money to a nation that has sufficient resources to spend billions on an obscene arsenal of atomic bombs and ballistic missiles?

I guess its the same reason that had the world helping a nation spending not billions but trillions on simialr and worst items. When a patient is suffering, does a doctor thinks if he is a common man or a burgler. And if he does, should he/she?

One should read this excrept is from Wikipedia after Katrina as to how the world responds to disasters.

According to the European Commission, one week after the disaster, on September 4, 2005, the United States officially asked the European Union for emergency help, asking for blankets, emergency medical kits, water and 500,000 food rations for victims. Help proposed by EU member states was coordinated through their crisis center. The British presidency of the EU functioned as contact with the USA.

Other countries not on this list also offered aid, but the State Department mentioned that they (the State Department) had not been asked. Later, the US State Department said all offers were being examined.

Also because so many innocent people including young children as you can see are suffering through one of the worst disasters in the history who have nothing to do with "atomic bombs and ballistic missiles" not to mention the women and the old people who are homeless and have nothing to eat or drink and on top of that are suffering from water borne diseases!!!!!! it really amazes me how anyone can say something so heartless even after seeing the pictures above!!!!

if you would just look into the eyes of the child in the 6th pictures i hope you get the answer as to why YOU should HELP!!!!!!

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