To The Countries Who REMINDS Us About Their Aid During Yolanda, 'Aid Is Not Political Leverage!'

To The Countries Who REMINDS Us About Their Aid During Yolanda

With regards to the viral Twitter post last Tuesday, October 11, of British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad where he uploaded a list of foreign donors to the Philippines with the united Kingdom topping the list during typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), fearless Filipina named Krizette Laureta Chu on Facebook, created an open letter addressed to those countries who keep on reminding us about their aid during that event.

According to Chu's post,

Thank you, but stop exploiting our "utang na loob (debt of gratitude)". It dilutes your compassion and mercy when you keep reminding us just how much we owe you. Our gratitude is replaced with resentment.

She even emphasized that,

AID IS NOT POLITICAL LEVERAGE!
Below is the entire Facebook post of Ms. Krizette. Kindly read to understand more of her sentiments.

YES.

To the countries who keep reminding us about their aid during Typhoon Haiyan,

Thank you, but stop exploiting our "utang na loob (debt of gratitude)". It dilutes your compassion and mercy when you keep reminding us just how much we owe you. Our gratitude is replaced with resentment.

I speak for all Leytenos who will tell you we would rather have our old life back than all these new things you've donated. You can never bring back our dead friends and family, our homes, our way of lives before Haiyan hit.

You can go to Leyte and still see how little the billions of dollars in aid impacted our province. Make the previous administration accountable for its spending. Do not tell the new administration, and the Filipino people, that we should be beholden.

Tzu Chi Foundation's aid was felt most by the people, as they gave the money and help directly to them, and yet we do not hear them crowing about their donation.

Talk to environmental scientists so your reminder will be laced with perspective. The Philippines is situated at the door of the Pacific Ocean. Climate change burdens Third World countries.

Global warming, and a typhoon as intense as Haiyan, would never have happened without the industrialization, fossil fuel guzzling, and infinite growth capitalization of First World countries with the highest CO2 emissions.

For many years, poor countries not just in Asia but in Latin America and Africa have been demanding rich countries to pay them their due.

Climate debt. Climate rage. Ecological fund. Green Climate Fund. I am sure you are familiar with these terms.

AID IS NOT POLITICAL LEVERAGE!

I am highly offended. Please stop.
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