UN "Ban" on aid to Pakistan creates misunderstanding

Funny story written by Noshing Mink

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The baffling mystery of why nobody was donating money to the flood relief in Pakistan has finally been solved.

The crisis in the Asian country has already claimed thousands of lives and many tens of thousands more are at risk of cholera or dysentery. The Pakistan government has been criticised for not responding quickly enough and the victims of the floods have looked to the international community for support. So far that support has been very limited.

Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged international governments to send donations but this was confusingly reported in the media as "Ban on aid to Pakistan". As a result, governments across the world, misunderstanding what the petite Secretary-General meant, stopped sending aid to Pakistan.

Ban Ki-Moon has clarified what he meant in a new speech, admonishing the press for mis-reporting him. In an effort to avoid being misunderstood this time, he used short words and said "UN Leader Moon says send aid to Pakistan".

Tomorrow's headlines will now read "UN leader's aids say 'Moon at Pakistan'".

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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