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Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 02:56 pm
Mark Steyn on the bureacratic response to a catastrophic event:
Five hundred containers, representing one-quarter of all aid sent to Sri Lanka since the tsunami hit on Dec. 26, are still sitting on the dock in Colombo, unclaimed or unprocessed.
At the Indonesian port of Medan, 1,500 containers of aid are still sitting on the dock …
A Scottish subsidiary of the Body Shop donated a 40-foot container of “Lemon Squidgit” and other premium soap, which arrived at Medan in January and has languished there ever since because of “incomplete paperwork,’’ according to Indonesian customs officials …
Diageo sent eight 20-foot containers of drinking water via the Red Cross. “We sent it directly to the Red Cross in order to get around the red tape,” explained its Sydney office. It arrived in Medan in January and it’s still there. The Indonesian Red Cross lost the paperwork.
UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency, sent 14 ambulances to Indonesia, and they took two months to clear customs.
It gets worse. Canadian PM Paul Martin won rave reviews for his emotional reaction to the tsunami, and pledged $425 million in aid. How much has been delivered so far? Click and read.