randomposting (randomposting) wrote,

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Why not tooth paste and ramen?

Some of the well-intentioned donations for victims of the
December tsunami are bewilderingly inappropriate (such as ski
jackets and Viagra), according to a February Wall Street Journal
dispatch from Sri Lanka. Relief workers are being distracted by
shipments of, for example, moisturizing gel, sweaters, women's
dress shoes, Arctic-weather tents, and thong underwear. Crucial
medicines were in short supply, but not Valium, anti-depressants,
or drugs with labels in languages that local doctors could not read.
As the Journal wrote, some doctors "appear [just] to have unloaded
their sample bins."

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