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12 Jan 2005 description

Initially criticized for a weak response, Gulf states have increased giving as much as 100-fold.

By Nicholas Blanford - Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

BEIRUT, LEBANON - When Saudi Arabia held a 12-hour telethon last week, it not only raised $82 million for the victims of the Asian tsunami disaster, but it also helped quell accusations that the oil-rich Gulf states have been indifferent to a tragedy that left more than 100,000 fellow Muslims dead in Indonesia alone.

Saudi schoolchildren handed over their daily allowances, and one woman dropped her gold bracelets …

03 Jan 2005 description

Global pledges of aid pass $2 billion, but supply snags keep many survivors waiting.

By Faye Bowers

A week after a massive earthquake and tsunami swept from Indonesia through the Indian Ocean, relief officials are frustrated by the logistical problems that have prevented crucial supplies from arriving quickly to those who needed it most, but they are awed by the amount of money pledged to help the survivors - over $2 billion by 40 nations so far.

In Indonesia's ravaged Aceh province, many residents continue to wait for large-scale international relief to arrive at their towns …