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Pet Sins July 2005

Non-European contributions to the International Tidal Wave relief effort

2005 started with the global outpouring of sympathy and aid after the tidal wave disaster hit African and Asian countries in 2004. Unaffected African and Asian countries have come to the aid of the afficted nations. Even some affected countries, such as India and Malaysia, have extended relief efforts beyond their own borders by helping their neighbors. Here are some news articles that mention the active role non-Westerners are playing in the international relief effort.

Indian Navy clears Sri Lanka port (January 5th 2005, newindpress.com)

The Indian Navy on Tuesday cleared Sri Lanka's key Galle port after an extensive operation to remove sunken vessels there as part of the largest peacetime initiative mounted by the country's armed forces post tsunami. Under Operation Seawave, the name for the relief missions mounted by the military, nine Indian warships have been sent to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia with supplies and medical teams.

Pakistan sending naval ships to Sri Lanka, Indonesia (January 5th 2005, newindpress.com)

Pakistan is sending two naval ships -- Khaibar and Moawin -- to Sri Lanka and Indonesia for rescue and relief operations in the tsunami-ravaged areas.

HK stars help raise RM190mil (January 4th 2005, The Malaysia Star)

HONG KONG: Total donations to tsunami-stricken areas here climbed to US$50mil (RM190mil) as pop stars like Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse helped rake in cash at weekend charity concerts, media reports said yesterday... Separately, visiting "American Idol" reject-turned-sensation William Hung also lent a hand, holding charity sales of his albums and posters, the Apple Daily newspaper reported.

Turkey to send 15-member rescue team to quake-hit countries (January 1st 2005, Angola Press)

Turkey's Kizilay (Red Crescent) announced on Friday that it will send a 15-member rescue team to Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, which were badly hit by the Dec. 26 massive earthquake and tsunami disaster. ... Meanwhile, Kizilay decided to offer nearly 100 billion Turkish liras (about 74,627 US dollars) to help the quake survivors in southern Asia

Rain, flooding hinders Asia's tsunami relief (January 3rd 2005, Nampa-Reuters)

Asian airports were groaning under the weight of hundreds of flights carrying medicines, food and shelter and warehouses were filling so quickly that Singapore, which was unaffected by the tsunami, opened its military bases to storing aid.

China weighs in to boost fast-growing tsunami disaster fund (January 3rd 2005, The Vanguard, Nigeria)

China on Friday added 60.5 million dollars to the half billion dollars pledged by the world's rich nations in aid to tsunami-hit countries bordering the Indian Ocean...Another major Asian power, Japan, has pledged 40 million dollars in aid to the victims of the disaster.

South African govt to coordinate relief (January 3rd 2005, News24)

The South African government has set up an inter-ministerial committee, assisted by a task team of senior officials, to co-ordinate relief efforts for countries affected by last week's tsunami disaster.

Pakistan Task Force being sent to Indonesia, Sri Lanka today (January 3rd 2005, Pakistan Times)

As part of national efforts to provide relief to Tsunami affectees, a Task Force is being sent to Indonesia and Sri Lanka... The task force assigned for Indonesia comprises of 165 persons of Pakistan Army Engineers, Military Engineering Services and 57 Pakistan Army doctors and paramedics staff.

Beijing emergency medical team heads for Sri Lanka (January 2nd 2005, Angola Press)

BEIJING, 01/02 - A team of 14 doctors sent by China left Beijing Sunday noon for Sri Lanka to offer medical aid for the tsunami victims there. The team is the third one sent by China after two medical teams from Shanghai and Guangdong, according to Beijing Municipal Health Department... Another medical team is expected to leave Beijing two days later, according to Beijing Municipal Health Bureau.

Chinese FM discuss aid to tsunami-hit countries with UN, WHO heads (January 2nd 2005, Angola Press)

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on Saturday night discussed aid to the tsunami-hit countries through multiple channels with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and World Health Organization Director-General Lee Jong-Wook by phone... Annan and Lee spoke highly of China's vigorous role in aiding the tsunami-hit countries, saying that China`s timely and substantial assistance once again demonstrated that China is an influential and responsible nation in global and regional affairs.

South Africans give generously (December 30th 2004, News24)

Johannesburg - South Africans are emptying their pockets this festive season to help victims of the devastating tsunami in South East Asia...

Pakistan sends relief supplies to tsunami-hit Sri Lanka (December 28th 2004, Al Jazeera)

Pakistan dispatched an army plane carrying $168,000 worth of relief supplies to Sri Lankan victims, a government official said on Monday... "This is the first step (in Pakistan's relief effort)," Prime Minister, Shakaut Aziz, said after sending the Pakistani Air Force C-130 aircraft. Aziz also said that they will provide Sri Lanka with an immediate relief package of 10 million rupees (about 170,000 dollars).

The countries mentioned above are certainly not the only non-Western countries that contributed to the tsunami relief effort. Many more, such as Malaysia and Nepal, sent government contributions as well as individual volunteers to stricken countries.