A fifth of Pakistan is now currently under water after the monsoon season began to ravage the country last month. Estimates suggest that more than 17 million people are affected by the flooding, with some 800,000 victims entirely unreachable.
European Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva spoke before the European Parliament’s development committee on Aug. 31:
“I’m not sure we have seen the peak of the crisis. It is still expanding,” she said.
Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), stressed the extremity of the situation in a video message:
“This is not just a humanitarian crisis – it is an economic and social catastrophe,” Jolie said in the public service announcement, the UN News Service said. The Hollywood humanitarian has personally donated $100,000 to UNHCR for relief and rescue efforts.
FIFA is responding in kind though in a unique way. The team of representatives that will be sent to the disaster area as part of the FIFA for Football Hope Program marks the first ever show of humanitarian support or aid from the world soccer ruling body.
“FIFA will support the reconstruction of football infrastructure and relaying of school football pitches, to grant financial contributions in cases of hardship, to supply equipment, kits and footballs, to help children overcome trauma by participation in football”, said Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) President Faisal Saleh Hayat.
If you’d like to give, the U.S. State Department has established the Pakistan Relief Fund. You can donate online or by texting “FLOOD” to 27722 from your mobile phone to give $10.