May 19th, 2009
12:11 PM ET
9 months ago

U.S. sending $100 million to help displaced Pakistanis

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today announced $100 million in aid to Pakistan.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today announced $100 million in aid to Pakistan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The United States is sending $100 million in aid to Pakistan to help alleviate the plight of an estimated 2 million people displaced by recent fighting against Taliban extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday.

The money comes on top of $60 million in assistance already provided by the United States to Pakistan since last August.

The assistance is "essential to the global security and security of the United States," Clinton said in a White House briefing. Much of the aid will be directed toward the purchase of Pakistani grain as part of a larger "investment in the people and economy in Pakistan."

The Pakistani government is helping to lead the fight against extremists threatening "our collective security" and therefore deserves to be supported, she argued.

Clinton called on individual Americans to support the relief effort in the form of $5 donations by texting the word "SWAT" to the number 20222.

Much of the recent fighting has been centered in and around Pakistan's Swat Valley.

The aid could begin arriving in Pakistan this week if Islamabad grants permission for the C-17 flights, U.S. defense officials said earlier Tuesday.

The aircraft will carry food, water, water trucks and air-conditioned tents, the officials said.

Planning has been under way for several days, but Pakistani officials are sensitive to U.S. military presence in their country, the officials added.

Pakistan's military has waged a massive operation against Taliban militants in the country's northwest region. Pakistanis are fleeing the ongoing fighting in "the biggest and fastest exodus that we have seen in recent years," United Nations refugee agency spokesman Ron Redmond said.

Nearly 1.5 million Pakistanis have registered as displaced since May 2 - a rate of about 85,000 people fleeing a day - Redmond said. The total number is equivalent to the population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

-CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report


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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. elliott

    Bet Hillary gets her paws on some of that money...

    May 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. The Broker.

    And what about the kids in College, who is going to help them?. All small-business came from some school kid.

    May 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Tc

    Unfreakin believeable!!!!!
    When is it going to stop... OBAMA the USA needs help and now this...WOW!!!
    How any of you lay your head down at night and sleep is beyond me...

    LIARS !!!!!!

    May 19, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Proud Member..Party of No

    Barry must have found out that a few of us still have a couple of nickels left.

    May 19, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Joan in SF

    This is a surprisingly good gesture I see coming from Hilllary, a woman who stole the White House Furniture and didn't event want to pay her own campaign debt. Anyway, thank you, Hillalry. You show some humanity now.

    May 19, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. John

    I am always surprised to see how stingy and selfish Americans are. They only care about themselves. The CIA torture vindicates how cruel the American officials are who only relect the average American.
    Speaking of race. they only care about their own kind.

    May 19, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Joan in SF

    Why my comments are never published? CNN has a devious political agenda.

    May 19, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. barbara

    Some of the people on here are really daft. Fact is this. ANY money that gets in the hands of those that would "see us dead", will go specifically for that goal. There is no reasoning with the taliban, hamas and other terrorist groups out there. Their minds are set and there is no changing that.

    May 19, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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