Friday, August 11, 2006

Charity Redux

by Ken Houghton

I asked below if there was any way to help Lebanese refugees.

Juan Cole provides one good answer. (Direct link here.)

UPDATE: Catholic Relief Services is working with folks on the ground as well (h/t Badger Tracker).

UPDATE 2: Via Crooked Timber, below is a map from Human Rights Watch of the cities and areas attacked by Israel—not comprehensive, but it gives a good idea of how difficult it would have been for civilians to leave the area, even if they had the resources. The full HRW report is here(PDF).

(Yes, I do intend to keep this post at the top of the blog until there is a cease-fire. [Me too -- ed.])

Catholic Response Services has already put a million dollars toward relief efforts in Lebanon and has committed a total of $2.9 million, but they could use more:,_west_bank_and_gaza/mid_east_crisis.cfm

Plus, they use 94.2 cents on the dollar for their programming efforts, so they're phenomenally efficient.
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