UNICEF: “We’ll Give Your Quake Donations To Africa!”

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UNICEF is under fire for saying it will spending the donations it solicits on behalf of Japanese earthquake victims on anything it likes.

UNICEF Japan is energetically soliciting donations for quake victims in Touhoku and elsewhere:

“The donations we receive will be used to aid [tsunami-affected] disaster victims, with an emphasis on children.”

At the heart of the issue is UNICEF’s statement that “if we receive more than adequate funds to use in our emergency relief […] the excess funds may be used in other countries for disaster relief or other purposes.”

They offer several such provisos:

“Further, if we receive more funds than required for the current emergency (should it be judged no further aid from UNICEF or UNICEF Japan is required in the area), please be aware that they can be used to provide aid in conflict or disaster areas, etc., in other areas or regions UNICEF is active in.”

In Japan, the announcement has provoked anger amongst donors who naturally expected a domestic Japanese charity which has plastered its homepage with pleas for quake donations would actually use the money to help quake victims rather than squander it on the usual ineffectual African aid programs.

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Some have gone so far as to condemn the way in which Unicef is gathering donations – using the quake to incite sympathy and solicit donations, but refusing to offer any assurance funds will actually be used for quake relief – as outright deceitful.

Given UNICEF Japan’s history of lavish spending on buildings, travel and marketing, as well as its active political lobbying for censorship, such concerns appear well founded.

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UNICEF Japan itself is a regional chapter of the actual UN UNICEF organisation – thus quake donations to UNICEF proper may or may not be earmarked for actual quake victims, but there is also a distinct possibility funds would be passed from UNICEF to UNICEF Japan in the same way that UNICEF Japan passes funds (minus its cut) to UNICEF proper.

In any case, the wisdom of donating money to aid quake victims to an organisation whose sole interest is in aiding children is questionable at best – under the circumstances, the Red Cross may be a more appropriate conduit.

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UNICEF’s notorious censorship ambassador Agnes Chan has also been attracting less than favourable attention of late.

After taking criticism for seemingly being more interested in folding origami cranes for the quake victims than actually doing anything to alleviate their plight, with much fanfare she finally announced she had made a substantial donation from her own personal fortune.

However, the 10 million yen she generously donated to quake relief was actually given to Unicef Japan, the same body she holds a prominent leadership position in, leading some to suspect a possible conflict of interest – or worse.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fuck them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 21/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    No, that would be bestiality. Fuck a human instead

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    Comment by Gogetters
    11:14 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I see what you did there!

    Actually that was pretty good

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    Comment by OTIKA
    09:16 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Taking advantage of a natural disaster to further their own questionable cause.

    Unicef Japan really are complete monsters aren't they.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They kicked the moral event horizon in the nuts and set it on fire.

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    Comment by Phuong
    12:15 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You'd think that even evil would have standards. Apparently not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:18 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They had a chance to pet the dog, and instead they kicked it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol she donates the money to herself! lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    something tells me you guys visit tvtropes alot

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lawful Evil does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fucking bastards!

    Just want gold and more gold!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    dont we all?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 22/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't think this is a question of being a Marxist or not...if they where a business, spending money like they do would be fine. Remember that unicef is suppose to be a charity and the money they receive has certain expectations attached to it which aren't being met.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, please don't put all people in the same shoes as yours

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 22/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ha, let me guess, you're just some aging crusty or a pretentious as fuck, wannabe Marxist student romanticizing some bullshit.

    What exactly have you went out into the streets to fight for?

    'Walked in protest' stfu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 23:29
    I'd do it if I had an opinion on it and the opportunity. But it's kinda hard when everything happens ON ANOTHER CONTINENT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ranting on the internet will help...
    no i was joking, only those who lack ballz rant on the internet about things they can go to the streets and fight fot
    i bet no one here walked in a protest in their lives

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    Comment by Myballz
    15:19 22/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reason this will not end well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    what better way to evade tax?

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    Comment by Yourtime
    18:44 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well I'm asshole wouldn't spend to unicef if they spend it not there, where i wanted

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    UNICEF asshole

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 22/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Donate to Red Cross. You can actually choose the recipient.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 22/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that started doing that after 9/11. People gave tons of money after the attacks, thinking it would go to the Trade Center victims, but much of it went to HIV/AIDS interests. Everyone was pissed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 22/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you guys even read what they said?

    They will spend all the money NEEDED TO HELPT THEM. Any leftovers of money that isn't actually needed to help the victims because they've got enough to help them get through it will be spent on other good causes.

    What are you saying they should give people a refund? How fucking pro-Japan and FUCKEVERYTHINGELSE can you be?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 22/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really don't give a fuck about Africa, so when I donate money to Japan, I kind of want it to go to Japan. And yes, I DID actually donate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 23/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is that no one can estimate how much money is "needed to help them." No country is perfect, and this fact should tell you that a country can take as much money as it can to alleviate its woes.

    For all you know, they could be taking 1/2 of each donation to give to whatever biased, and possibly draconian, operation they have in Africa.

    As we know, UNICEF Japan is of at least questionable integrity, so not deciding to allocate funds to restore sections related to anime, even if there was a lot of damage, and choosing to restore sections related to what they consider "good endeavors," such as temples of churches, may be what will occur as a result of their lack of transparent spending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol UNICEF is mean...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unicef in general... It's actually:

    1. UN's cashcow in disguise

    2. All UN representatives gets a pay from the said organization

    3. UN is EAF in RL

    4. UN secretly continues human experiments with Unicef cash

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    16:53 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's religion for you.

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    Comment by Daiyousei
    09:07 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Leeches, the lot of them.

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    Comment by TNinja
    09:48 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    It's been a while since UNICEF appeared on this page. And when they do, they screw up hard as usual.

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    Comment by alidan
    09:58 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    i have a problem with red cross too, not as big, but it seams that ANY charitable organization wants to fuck people over, overtly like unicef japan, or discretely like red cross.

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    Comment by alidan
    15:25 21/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    no, people in charge of charities deserve the a decent life, not extravagant, but the border between middle and upper class level.

    but whenever i see fucking charities, its a scandle (what was the one cheritiy that sent people to aid an African area, and had mass amounts of the people in charge selling the food for sex?), them using the money for counter productive things, and so on so forth.

    here is a fact, you cant throw money at a third world nation and expect them to get better. the most you can do is send them supplies, and an instruction book on what they are suppose to do, and hope for the best.

    i also fucking hate those guilt commercials. ok this kids hungry and stupid, pay his way through school, feed his hungry ass, and get him some doctor help.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "the excess funds may be used in other countries for disaster relief or other purposes."

    "Other purposes" = "Fancy hotels in Cairo"

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well people do have to eat you know

    im not saying that what unicef is doing is right but some charities have full time workers...how do you work if you have no food

    and yes, my dad works full time in a charity 'earns' ~£14000 a year, hardly a fortune

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    Comment by spoon
    12:15 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you just have to look at how much their CEO's and execs get paid to see that something is wrong.

    these people are disgusting.

    humans are not angels.

    also i hear that Japan isn't accepting much aid anyway, so most of the 'donations' won't actually go to the cause that the donators support.

    so effectively those who donated are being swindled out of the money, and the rest of humanity is suffering from the loss in efficiency.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Charity goes something like this along the line: "We're here to get people together to help the unfortunate as long as we make some money from our hard work as well."

    The whole concept of 'non-profit' organization goes out the window.

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    Comment by FreeHopper
    13:49 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, this always happens with charities.

    Either that, or they actually do use it, but ineffectively, like sending 10,000 dinghys to Japan.

    Sure it helps... but not much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Tninja is youre mind working in reverse?

    It is BECAUSE they fuck up that they appear on this page. Youd think Artefact would bother naming any of the positives?

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    10:00 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they should kill it with fire its the best way to unwant things

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    Comment by Kai
    09:08 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Would have hoped she died in the quake, along with Ishihara.

    Comment by Anonymous

    And Aya Hirano too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No, let's trade Hirano for you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm allright with that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No how about your 3 and myself, Wait...

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    Comment by Raven
    10:32 21/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Let's donate Agnes Chan to Africa.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 21/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Fuck you, UNICEF.

    And fuck you, Agnes-chan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 21/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I learned my lesson about donating to the Red Cross after 9/11.
    Sadly, it's probably better to identify an individual family or a very very known local charity than to to give to these big charities that just use it to prop up their general coffers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 21/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It is not just UNICEF, just that they are stupid enuf to say it out loud

    So whenever u made a donation, always remember it may not end up where you want it

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yep, I'm gonna be really pissed if I find out the money I donated to the Red Cross went to some aids-infected primate in Africa. Disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:43 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Logical answer to AIDS? let ppl with it die off. Red Cross should be spending money on quarantine funds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If you donated to Red Cross, make sure you read the small text. In american Red cross case, it reads,

    "On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters."

    It's the same? just that it mentioned rarely...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn, shoulda read the fine print >_<

    I guess I just spent my money helping spread AIDs then

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    Comment by PirateKing
    10:31 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the only primate here is you... but then I guess with your brother being your father you being a retard is to be expected...

    ^_°







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