Another Tragic Chapter in International Aid: Nepal’s Earthquake

Ramen IR

After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, a flood of international aid and pledges of support poured out from the international community. According to Time, there is no shortage of aid pledges: “$10 million from the U.S., $7.6 million from the UK, and $3.9 million from Australia, among others.” Search-and-rescue teams from around the world have been dispatched to Nepal to help with the relief effort – a 62-member team from China, 260 rescue experts and a 200-member medical team from Israel, and a 70-member disaster relief team from Japan. The US Marine Corps has similarly dispatched a rescue unit from Okinawa, which includes Ospreys, several UH-1 Huey helicopters, four Air Force C-17 Globemasters, and two Marine Corps KC-130s to ferry relief supplies and personnel to far-flung villages. Yet, in the absence of strong international coordination and leadership, Nepal, like countless humanitarian efforts before, will begin with the best…

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