Korea was initially criticized for only offering up $1 million dollars in aid, but the government has now increased their aid package further:
The government decided to send additional aid worth $10 million to earthquake-hit Haiti in cooperation with non-governmental organizations, a foreign ministry official said Monday.
The relief effort is seen to reflect South Korea’s determination to actively join the international efforts.
“The plan includes short-term emergency relief and long-term support for restoration work, which will be funded not only by the government but also by civic organizations,” ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun told reporters.
In a bid to discuss details regarding the size and distribution of the assistance, the government will hold a meeting of policymakers and NGO leaders today, he added.
The NGOs will include the Korean National Red Cross and the Federation of Korean Industries. [Korea Times]
The Blue House is promising that more aid will be contributed to the relief effort in the future as well. Additionally 35 South Korean search and rescue personnel are currently in Haiti searching for survivors. This is why I didn’t jump on the criticize Korea bandwagon because I figured it would take a little time to formulate their response plan.
This whole disaster is turning into a repeat of the Asian Tsunami crisis when countries were criticizing other countries for not donating more money, but then those holier than thou countries never ultimately donated as much money as pledged. Likewise Korea is criticized for their foreign aid contributions, but when you break down the numbers as I have you see they are highly flawed.
Another similarity between the two disasters is that the fraud involving what relief funds do find its way to Haiti will probably be rampant. Is it any surprise considering how flawed these international institutions are that pundits are already saying that the US military should solely take charge of the aid effort?