Two very well researched, informative and superbly written books are a must read for anyone wanting to understand how the many, national and international, aid agencies and organizations - work and operate. And profit. From the many disasters and calamities that we continuously hear of around the world. Read: The road to hell: the ravaging effects of foreign aid and international charity ~ by Michael Maren; a very well, exhaustively researched book. Which paints development agencies as self-perpetuating opportunists, funding their significant overhead through the misery of the world's unfortunates. Or read: The Crisis Caravan: What's Wrong with Humanitarian Aid? ~ by Linda Polman; who says that an entire industry has grown around humanitarian aid, “with cavalcades of organisations following the flow of money and competing with each other in one humanitarian territory after another for the biggest achievable share of billions.”
Both books can be very painful and depressing to read. It is not to say that all aid agencies and organizations are bad; it is not to say that all those who raise funds for aid are crooks. All of us should help and aid. If we can. But, it is a fact that when disasters and calamities hit, and sometimes millions are affected as right now in the Horn of Africa - there are vultures out there; who feed and feast on such miseries. Personally, I have seen it. I know of it. As for Islam, like all other leading religions, it completely forbids us to profit from other people's misery or turning other people's suffering into business. Islam strongly commands us to be merciful. And aid and assist those in need or in pain or in misery.