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NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 07, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan shown touring tsunami damage in Meulaboh, Indonesia; death toll figures cited.

(Galle, Sri Lanka: John Seigenthaler) Tsunami survivors’ worries about their livelihoods after entire communities were wiped out featured; details given of the economic impact on the tourism & fishing industries. [Business owner Sumith WIJSEN††- says all is gone.] [Fisherman R.K. CHANDRASOMA††- explains why people are afraid to eat fish.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) President Bush’s signing of a law allowing taxpayers to deduct tsunami aid donations made this month on their 2004 tax returns noted.

(Washington: Tom Costello) The monitoring of charities for their ability to channel aid money to people who need it featured; charity rankings outlined. [Charity watchdog Daniel BOROCHOFF†- says we’re looking at how efficient they are.] [American Red Cross President Marti EVANS††- explains how the money will be spent.] [FBI Cybercrimes Division Peter BRUST†- warns against e-mail scams.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) More information on the NBC Website noted.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The worry that some charitable organizations are collecting too much money featured; PSA with former Presidents George Bush & Bill Clinton shown; details given of concern that the outpouring of tsunami aid will divert attention from other tragedies, including the poverty in Africa. [Doctors Without Borders Catrin SCHULTE-HILLEN†- says we are not able to ensure further donations will be used for tsunami operations.] [International Rescue Committee co-chairman Winston LORD†- says money gets taken from other programs.] [Foreign aid expert Steven RADELET†- explains why some situations get less attention.]

Williams, Brian;
Seigenthaler, John;
Costello, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea

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