After every major disaster, misguided donations actually worsen the suffering

Haiti: Help with money, not stuff
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Massive shipments of useless medicine arrived on the scenes of other heavily televised disasters, such as the Armenian earthquake in 1988 and the Albanian exodus from Kosovo in the late 1990s. After the war ended in Bosnia, 17,000 tons of inappropriate donations had to be burned, according to Pharmaciens Sans Frontieres. Aid workers struggling to ease suffering after Hurricane Mitch reportedly worked late into the night sorting through half-used tubes of Preparation H and opened bottles of Prozac.
….if you want to help, send money to a reputable aid group instead.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/haiti/100113/haiti-earthquake-aid

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