Monday 23 October 2017

Global relief effort 'completely inadequate', says Goal chief

Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

BARRY Andrews, the chief executive of Irish developing world charity Goal, yesterday described the international effort to respond to the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines as "completely inadequate".

He also described the failure to meet the United Nations call for funding as a disgrace, given the scale of the tragedy.

On Friday, the UN said that only 19 per cent of its call for funding had been met by international governments.

"The situation on the ground in the Philippines is almost beyond description. The UN made a call for funding to the amount of €300m and to date, a fraction of that has been met," said Mr Andrews.

"The failure to meet that funding is a disgrace. By now, everyone will have heard the clear frustration felt by those most affected by the typhoon. What is needed now is cash and clear commitments from governments. The response by the international community so far has been completely inadequate. At the current rate of funding, the emergency response is going to fail.

"And what is needed is acknowledgment that we all have a responsibility for climate change which contributed significantly to the ferocity of this storm. There is no point talking about 'climate justice' when one of the clearest examples of rich-world inertia being visited on vulnerable communities is only 19 per cent funded."

He added: "The Irish Government can take a leadership position on this issue, as we have done so many times in the past."

Meanwhile, a massive countrywide special collection gets under way this weekend at Catholic churches around the country. Monies raised at church collections will be split between Trocaire's work in the Philippines and war-torn Syria.

Donations can also be made to the Goal response in The Philippines by telephoning 01 280 9779; visiting www.goal.ie; or following Goal on Facebook at GOALIreland.

To support Unicef Ireland's Philippines Emergency Children's Appeal visit www.unicef.ie or call lo-call 1850 767 999.

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