Looking back over the natural disasters that affected the world, everything pales in comparison with the earthquake that hit Pakistan. Sure, hurricanes were big news in the U.S. and caused a lot of property damage. But for deadliness, nothing has come close to the earthquake in Pakistan.
- ...the World Food Program has only received $9.8 million of the $100 million it needs to run the Pakistani air operation, the UN said.
- Less than a quarter of the $550 million needed for aid agency emergency programs has been pledged by donor nations....
- The death toll in Pakistan rose to 73,276, General Farooq Ahmed, the chairman of Pakistan's Federal Relief Commission, said yesterday in Islamabad.
- Remoteness - few foreigners have reason to go there and few if any have been affected directly. When the Tsunami raced over the Indian Ocean, there were Americans and Europeans in the area. News travels fast when friends and family are affected.
- Politics - " The Himalayan territory of Kashmir has been the cause of armed conflict between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947. More than two dozen groups are fighting against Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state. A 16-year insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir has killed at least 50,000 people."
- Antipathy toward Muslims - like it or not, the world is not exactly enamored with Muslims these days and many "kuffar" do not care if the "true believers" die... some may think it is perfect "justice"