Monday, August 07, 2006

Ethiopian floods " a disaster"...


While most media networks are focused on what's happening in the middle east, not too far from there, precisely in the Horn of Africa, things are quickly getting out of hand. Heavy rains that poured non stop on saturday night caused the Dechatu river to burst its banks and sweep away a small township called Dire Dawa as its residents were asleep. The death toll is estimated to be between 150-200. My whole family is gone! Shouts a young man who had been out clubbing with his friends."The destruction caused to property could run into millions of dollars," one police inspector said. Let's hope that the Middle-east crisis doesn't overshadow the International Community's responsibility to intervene.

2 comments:

du said...

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Gene said...

Shabaka,

You understand, my friend, that here in the US almost anything overshadows our responsibility and sensitivity to the woes of Africans. So far this year, I would wager that the most print and air time that US media has provided on anything having to do with Africa was on Angelina Jolie's baby saga. It's immoral and unforgivable. Africa, on anything but the slowest of news days, is a footnote, a space filler in the newspapers. It is quite sad, my friend, very sad indeed.