• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Current Affairs: Pakistan Flood

Extracts from this document...


Current Affairs: Pakistan Flood Began in July, the floods, triggered by torrential monsoon downpours, have engulfed Pakistan, killing more than 1,600 people, and forcing millions from their homes. The people of Pakistan are often with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and perhaps a plastic sheet to keep off the rain. Despite such, the international community had failed to respond effectively and willingly to the aid of Pakistan because of the corruption allegations against the government. The aid is still only trickling in, and the international response to aid Pakistan can only be described as sluggish and ungenerous. As noted by the UN secretary-general, the flood was the worst disaster in decades for Pakistan. Evidently, this disaster will bring dire political, social, environmental, and economical consequences in a country already reliant on foreign aid to keep itself afloat and combat against al-Qaida and the Taliban. Pakistan in its history has been characterised by periods of military rule, political instability, corruption, and terrorism. Pakistan has always been known in the international media as a terrorist network in association with the Al-Quaida generating our fear and discomfort of Pakistan. As such, Pakistan struggles with a poor image of corruption and links with terrorism in the eye of the international community, making the flood relief a global issue. ...read more.


Pakistan's economy is also at risk, as the floods have destroyed millions of hectares of crops and could lead to soaring inflation and job losses. With everything they previously owned gone, people are now faced with debt as people are scrambling to rebuild their home. "Courage and hope is the only thing we have left," said Ali, a victim of the flood. This signified the importance of the Canadians to once again open its generosity to help victims in Pakistan and put Pakistan's image of corruption and terrorism behind. In such a time when human lives are at stake, when people are suffering and struggling for survival, Canadians should continuously follow its long held value of compassion and understanding of the victims of natural disaster, and not hesitate in donating to the people of Pakistan. Secondly, the preconceived image that Westerners have of Pakistan as a country should not alter our humanitarian principles nor diminish our compassion for victims of disasters. Millions of people who are suffering are civilians who are innocent of the terrorism within Pakistan. We should continuously hold our collective Canadian value of prosperity and tolerance to break through the usual political barriers and resentments to help Pakistanis in need. ...read more.


In conclusion, the people of Canada should continuously demonstrate its legendary generosity to expedite the recovery of flood-ravaged Pakistan despite its corrupt reputation. With over millions of people struggling to survive, Pakistan needs the attention and the compassion of Canada and the World more than ever to cope with hunger, disease, and overall the economic, social, and political damage caused by the worst disaster in decades. As a humanitarian objective, we should ignore and abolish biased political and religious views to show the people of Pakistan our universally extended sympathy, benevolence, and kindness to all human beings. As well, any help by international community will only strengthen their faith in the basic goodness of humanity and would help protect them from the evil influence of the extremists. In looking beyond her differences to help the victim in Pakistan, Jolie told reporters "I am very moved by them and I hope that I am able to, today and tomorrow.... Do something to help bring attention to the situation for all of the people in need in Pakistan." The issue of putting differences before humanitarian principles will continue to be an issue over time, and Pakistan will serve as a reminder to the rest of the world for their lack of donations. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. Current Affairs: Haiti Cholera Outbreak

    As such, it also poses a concern of safety and security for Canadian aid workers in Haiti. Therefore, it comes to a dilemma for whether Canada should follow its national interest of safety and security to protect its foreign aid workers and withdraw from Haiti or follow its humanitarian foreign affairs.

  2. HG exam study sheet

    Ils se distinguent des deux autres " mondes ", le bloc de l'Ouest et le bloc de l'Est. Les handicaps des nouveaux pays : l'industrie absente ; frontieres artificielles ; conflits internes... L'evolution economique et demografique apres 1945 1820-1930: la population mondiale est multiplie par 2,5 (en 130 ans)

  1. The Never Ending War: between India and Pakistan

    recurrent strife and violence in Kashmir has been the same that brought forth two separate countries in the first place: fears of the Muslim minority over domination and discrimination by the Hindu majority. At the time of partition, British India was divided into more than 500 "princely states."

  2. Current Affairs OA: Iran

    and was the true successor to Muhammad who was appointed by God as his prophet, and thus reject the legitimacy of the first three caliphs. This ostensibly minor, albeit controversial, difference fundamentally separates these two sects of one of the largest (by population)

  1. The Variation of Nationalism in Canada

    still maintain the Chinese origin and tradition that is brought about by the cuisine. Also, the traditions that the Chinese Canadians partake in are very defining of their unique kind of nationalism. The annual dragon boat festival, held in Victoria, British Columbia, allows the Chinese Canadians to express their view

  2. Chechen Nationalism and Global Implications

    The authorities in Russia seemed that the sole authority of Chechnya was the Moscow based State Council of the Republic of Chechnya (Radio Free Europe). In 2001 Human rights organizations around the world expressed their concerns about the human rights violations that were occurring in Chechnya.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work