It is estimated that total contributions to the victims of last years Indian Ocean tsunami exceed $10 Billion Dollars (US). US government and individual contributions are estimated at nearly $2B. With stories and images like this one being transmitted around the world, I predict the Katrina fundraising effort won’t come close to $10B. I have to admit, if my family were victims of this disaster, I’d do whatever I had to ro to ensure they had the basics of food and water. But jeans, electronics, guns and kids piggybanks?
I wrote a check to Americares for tsunami relief within a week of that disaster. Right now I’m not feeling moved like I did then. I wonder how many others who helped tsunami victims see these images of looting and are hesitating?
It is sad that the actions of a tiny portion of the Gulf Coast population may negatively impact thousands of sufferers.