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The Forgotten People: Rohingya Refugees

March 19th, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Rohingya refugees in peril

March 19th, 2010
07:06 PM ET

And now your feedback

March 19th, 2010
06:31 PM ET
Christiane - all ears for the feedback.
Christiane – all ears for the feedback.

 

The U.S. approved pledge of 1.5 billion dollars in humanitarian aid to Pakistan generated many concerns among the majority of the Amanpour audience. Most commented that continuous aid would only make Pakistan dependent by the lapse in social and economic opportunity for its own development.  Additionally, many felt that without the “enforcement” of education, Pakistan would continue to suffer from “its lack of progress” in human development, gender equality and social cohesion.   

What are your thoughts? Please share your thoughts with us! In addition, if you missed the show go to http://www.amanpour.com for more information.

Below, you will see some opinions from viewers like yourself. We would love to hear what you think.

Email Comments:

Hello Mrs. Amanpour,
I am writting you this little email after I watched your interview with President Paul Kagame and I really want to tell you that, President Kagame who most believe as lamb, because his voice like a teenager, he is such predator, a killer, a master minder of the shutting down of the airplane of the President Habyarima and Cyprien Taryamira and He killed his own brothers Tutsi (moderates Tutsi who had been living in Kigali in cohabitation with Hutus). He is responsable of the Genocide in Rwanda according to the investigation report of Spain and France Juges. Paul Kagame is the one who always using some people, giving them wapon and military to fight in the East of the Congo DR. He is one who armed Laurent Desire Kabila (1996) objectif was to kill Hutu's people who fled Rwanda to find refuge in the East of Congo and to take over the power in the Congo DR, he armed Azarias Ruberwa to loot the East of the Congo (Coltan, Diamond, Gold, Copper, etc...) and very lately he armed Laurent Nkunda. Almost 6,000,000 people had been killed and they are still killing and raping women, but ask yourself a question why nobody knows about it? Why the international commitee does not take a serious action for the Congo DR? Why they don't bring to justice Paul Kagame? Who is behind Paul Kagame? We know your relationship with President Paul Kagame, but don't be blind for anything. President Kagame is really causing a hell to the Congolese we are. But believe me, even though we don't have power to take action against Paul Kagame with all these corporations which are behind him, one day God almight will fight against Kagame and his corporations and He'll give us the victory. Soon or later
Louis L.
Evangelist – Graphic Designer

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Expert: Tackle Pakistan poverty

March 19th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

By Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

(CNN) - One week before top-level U.S.-Pakistani talks in Washington on security and aid, one of Pakistan's leading development experts said it's vital to tackle poverty in her country to fight terrorism.

"I personally think that addressing poverty, which is Pakistan's biggest problem today, is going to combat in some ways the issue of security that we face," Roshaneh Zafar, founder and president of the Kashf Foundation told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

"We worked with 1 million poor families across Pakistan, and we've seen what happens, the change that happens." She said even small increases in family incomes can transform society, because parents can then put their children in private schools.

"[By] putting in micro-finance, which is the most sustainable way of providing aid to low-income households, we are beginning to see a silent revolution take place both in terms of children going to school, their ability to actually transcend their social backgrounds and become professionals," she said.

Pakistani journalist Mosharraf Zaidi, a former adviser to the British Department for International Development, said he disagreed with the idea that poverty fuels terrorism.

"The evidence from a substantial body of work that's pre-9/11 as well as post-9/11 [suggests] the link between terrorism and poverty or terrorism and literacy is tenuous at best," he said.

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