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  •  let us not forget Africa (4.00)
    East Africa's body counts may not have reached the thousands or tens of thousands, but they are suffering too:

    Tsunami devastates Somali island

    Most buildings on the Somali island of Hafun were swept away by the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami, an emergency aid relief team has revealed.
    Roads washed away by the sea are hampering the delivery of food aid to some 4,500 islanders affected.

    Waves which swept 7,000km (4,000 miles) from the epicentre left a trail of smashed buildings and boats along the East African coast.

    More than 130 people in East Africa are known to have died in the floods.

    Cholera fear

    "Almost 95% of Hafun's buildings have been destroyed," the UN World Food Programme's Ali Issay - part of the first relief team to reach victims of the tsunami - told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

    Dazed inhabitants have moved to higher ground and are wandering about asking for help, as there is no food and no fresh water on the island, he said.

    "We have nothing," destitute people told him.

    . . .

    Countries along the East African coast are still trying to assess the total loss of life and damage caused by the tsunami.

    Ten people drowned in Tanzania and more than 1,000 people have been made homeless in Madagascar.

    Three people died in the Seychelles, where a bridge linking the main airport and capital, Victoria, was destroyed while a village in northern Mauritius was submerged for almost three hours following the surges.

    Democracy demands discussion, disagreement and dissent. - Wes Clark

    by djinniya on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 11:00:30 AM PST

    •  The AID epidemic in Africa Has Been Ignored (4.00)
      Panic reigns in the press over this from time to time, but no real work or money is being devoted to the African AIDS Pandemic -- not anywhere commensurate with the need anyway.

       So, after a couple weeks of horrifying pictures and stories of humanitarian crises, the news focus on the Asian Tsunami will also pass and they will be left essentially to fend for themselves with whatever resources the long-suffering private aid agencies can muster.  Yes, Americans will send a lot, especially within the next few weeks, but just wait until the next Lorena Bobbit, or OJ Simpson, or Scott Peterson comes along to titillate the entertainment-media-junkies....

      Fuzzy only works for pets.

      by NotFuzzy on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 11:21:48 AM PST

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    •  The Somali tragedy... (none)
      Of course, they don't want to focus on the place where a Black Hawk helicopter went down.  And besdies, like Nick Nolte's character said in Hotel Rwanda., Europeans and Americans don't give a shyt about African disasters, natural or otherwise.  Not no more.

      Of course, the SCLM would rather focus on white, shivering children who have lost their parents or mild looking Thais losing it over the bodies of their loved ones.

      This was a far-reaching tragedy.  How has the BBC handled this sorrowful occasion?  Or is it harder for newspeople to reach these areas?

      One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.--Bobby Kennedy

      by blksista on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 03:11:50 PM PST

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      •  BBC (none)
        I don't know what BBC is doing on TV, as I don't have it, but I wouldn't know anything about East African losses without the BBC website.

        Democracy demands discussion, disagreement and dissent. - Wes Clark

        by djinniya on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 03:26:09 PM PST

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