The International Committee of the Red Cross has repeatedly betrayed the trust conferred on it by the local population and, in the recent weeks, falsely accused the Mujahideen (Shabaab fighters) of hindering food distribution.A statement from al-Shabaab • Discussing its decision to bar the Red Cross from the parts of Somalia it controls. That’s right: al-Shabaab is blocking humanitarian aid from being distributed over accusations by the Red Cross that they’re already blocking humanitarian aid from getting distributed. You can’t make this stuff up.
» Yukiyo Edano says speed it up: Edano, the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, explained that the standard procedure is for independent panels throughout the prefectures to decide how to handle the money; basically, distribution at the local level. This can slow the whole process when these communities are in such disarray, though, which is why Edano believes the central government should set up an independent committee. The Red Cross, it bears mentioning, has sent over 200 crisis relief teams into stricken areas. And it must be said in the strongest possible terms that we don’t mean to discourage people who either have, or want to donate to Japan’s relief efforts. Rather, we think it’s worth understanding the functional realities that can hamstring those efforts. But the donations are nonetheless noble, vital, and necessary; none of this changes that.
Now is not the time for knee-jerk contrarian opinions, Tumblr. If someone is trying to encourage people to donate, don’t act as if it’s the wrong thing to do just because of Japan’s wealth. It’s unfair to those looking to help and looking to make an effort. We saw someone posting something along the lines of Japan not needing help because they’re rich and don’t need the money, and criticizing people for forgetting about Haiti. The person also said to donate to Democrats and Independents. We debated reblogging it because we so disagreed with the sentiment, but we thought it was unfair to the reader to get the Internet Rage Police on them. Rather, we’d like to suggest to those at large to find better ways to be productive than treating people like they’re sheep who jerk their knees at a moment’s notice. (Note: To be clear, this is different than being critical of the Red Cross. If you disagree with their policies, that’s a fair debate to make, because it encourages others to consider donating elsewhere if they think it’s a better use of their money.)