U.S. Government Must Do More To Assist Indonesians Following Quake-Tsunami
Washington Post: Indonesia urgently needs relief after an earthquake and tsunami. The U.S. should do more to help.
“The pitiless devastation visited upon the Indonesian island of Sulawesi by an earthquake and tsunami is the stuff of nightmares … [M]ore than a week after the earth buckled and the water surged, there are reports that aid is arriving at a trickle, compounding the island’s misery. Food, water, fuel, and shelter — in a tropical setting where brutal daytime temperatures have tormented survivors and relief workers — are critically needed. … Set against the vast scale of need and suffering, international aid has arrived too slowly. The United States on Friday announced that it is sending $3.7 million in humanitarian assistance, including emergency shelter material that will help more than 100,000 people. That effort will be supplemented by donations from ordinary Americans. But it is critical that the Trump administration does all it can — both in the interests of alleviating human suffering and as a goodwill gesture to the world’s fourth-most-populous country and most populous majority-Muslim nation…” (10/5).