Anagha Neelakantan, writing at the International Crisis Group blog, describes the disaster:
Neelakantan was deputy director of the Crisis Group’s Asia program until 2013. Previously she worked for the United Nations Mission in Nepal and as a political analyst, becoming executive editor at the Nepali Times. In a place where foreigners are easily bewildered even as we are delighted, she knows what she is seeing. Some of her observations:
Nepalis achieved a tenuous national peace after a decade of civil war in 2006. But institutions of government are still "under construction." Will they be able to rise to and constrain the challenges of this massive disaster?
|Overlooking Kathmandu, 2010|
World Policy reports that only 22 percent of the international appeal for the Nepal disaster has been funded.
Personally, I've contributed via Oxfam America and Mercy Corps, in both cases because they had programs in the country before this emergency. I can't swear these are good channels for aid, but I make the guess they are better than newcomers without experience. The Nepalis need us to do what we can.
|Fields outside Kathmandu. Did they slide? Will they wash away? Or fill with displaced migrants?|