Short and blunt — Pakistan is quickly becoming the worst human disaster in recent history.
The eyes see. The ears hear. Yet, somehow, the mind struggles to grasp the full dimension of this catastrophe.
Almost 20 million people need shelter, food and emergency care. That is more than the entire population hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Kashmir earthquake, Cyclone Nargis and the earthquake in Haiti — combined.
At least 160,000 square kilometres of land is under water — an area larger than more than half the countries of the world.
Here’s what you can do — text “SWAT” to 50555. This goes through the State Department to the UN High Commission on Refugees, which then distributes the money to various aid groups. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s simple, and it’s cheap — but if enough people do it, it can make a difference.
Do it. Now. Before you stop reading.