(It’s out of my soapbox, but I couldn’t help noticing.)
Apparently “Ground Zero” in New York City is where the Twin Towers once stood. This expression is used to describe an area that has been devastated by a nuclear explosion.
Hiroshima is Ground Zero. Nagasaki is Ground Zero.
New York City — despite the tragedy — is not Ground Zero. Comparing an atrocity to another, especially when the comparison is so hyperbolic, is uncomfortable and disrespectful. September 11th should be honoured in its own way, not compared to a horror that was on a completely different scale. There’s no way you can call that place “Ground Zero”. Not when you’re the only country to have attacked another with the N-bomb.
I’m not even going to start on the other main issue in this discussion: rampant Islamophobia. Seriously. Just get a clue.
1. Give to an established organization already on the ground and with experience working locally.
2. Give cash, not goods. Shipping items to Pakistan is expensive. With cash, organizations can buy what they need closer to the disaster site.
3. Don’t earmark your donation, but give to an organization that you trust to allocate your money wisely.
List of charities:
Oxfam (link to the English site, also available in French and Spanish)
Red Cross (link to English site, also available in French and Spanish). You can take spare change to a bank and tell them to accept it as a microdonation to the Red Cross as well.
Trigger warnings apply to all links and the post itself.
Like in 2005, this Ramazan too begins on a sombre note. Floods have been ravaging Pakistan, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Already dubbed the worst flooding disaster in over 80 years, the death toll stands at 1,600 and at least 14 million people have been affected - exceeding the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquakeAccording to the UN Humantarian Chief John Holmes, almost 1 in 10 of Pakistan’s population has been affected by the floods and the UN has launched a massive appeal for aid. The Big Picture has posted twoentries on the floods - the pictures are heart-breaking and almost leave me in tears. Kalsoom at CHUP has helpfully compiled a list of charities and NGOs working to help the flood victims. Please spread the word and do what you can to help.