Insult to Injury- Crime increases in wake of natural disaster
This past weekend, Pakistan and surrounding areas were devastated by a massive 7.6 scale earthquake. Over 20,000 people have died, and many more remain missing, or injured. Buildings, and homes throughout the area were completely destroyed, and thousands of people desperately await food, water, and supplies from relief parties. According to the Earthquake article, the United States has vowed to contribute nearly $50 million dollars in aid. Other countries throughout the world have also given their support, including Japan, Russia, and China, etc. While it is wonderful that so many nations have come together to help during this horrific time, many atrocities have also occurred. Some of the worst events that have occurred since the deadly earthquake have been violent killings, and robberies. The linked article reported that 10 people were killed by militant groups, while many stores and homes have been robbed because of owners’ vulnerability during such a difficult time. If people losing their lives, homes, businesses, and jobs, etc. isn't bad enough in the wake of a natural disaster, it seems that there are inevitably other negative externalities that occur simultaneously, causing victims to become victims again. When a poor, struggling store owner is robbed, who loses? Sadly, it is the store owner, and the other poor consumers that buy from him, because he will likely have to raise prices to compensate for losses, and so the negative cycle continues. It is my plea that criminals will take a much needed vacation, especially during times of natural disasters. I hope that criminals will give it a rest, and will start contributing to society in a legitimate way, behind bars!!!
Posted by Morgan at 10/10/2005 01:25:00 PM