Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Price Of Life

Indiana gives $300K to some stage collapse victims

"NDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will pay $300,000 to each of the families of the seven people killed in the State Fair stage collapse, Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today."

Afghan anger at US casualty payments

"KABUL - An ad hoc system of payments by the United States military primarily to victims of its Helmand operations has enraged Afghans who feel a price has been put on their lives.

The existence of payment guidelines for commanders in the field regarding civilian casualties was first reported by Western media in February and quickly picked up by their Afghan counterparts.

According to the original Associated Press report, the death of a child or adult is worth US$1,500 to $2,500, loss of limb and other injuries $600 to $1,500, a damaged or destroyed vehicle $500 to $2,500, and damage to a farmer's fields $50 to $250."


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