Wednesday, January 05, 2005
"Paris: The medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) has urged donors to stop sending it money for Asian tsunami victims, saying it had collected enough funds to manage its relief effort there."
Apparently other aid agencies are upset because Medecins Sans Frontieres has said they have enough money for their current effort and think the honest thing to do is say so to their donors. Other agencies think this will stop people from giving money and supplies to them. I'm not completely familiar with the spectrum of services Medecins supplies, but it seems to me they are a very specific group that does very specfic things (medical help). I don't think they distribute food, shelter, etc. They may be limited also by their actual doctor/participants. I don't think they're telling people not to give aid, just to not give any more to their group.
What draws my attention is how rarely you ever hear of any group refusing money. The general attitude is "Give us money and we'll find a use for it. We can always use the money." Considering that this event is stimulating so much in the way of donations, I think the honesty is refreshing.