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  •  good diary boatsie (10+ / 0-)

    In perspective our concerns about some other more mundane issues seem trivial.

    I've heard of this famine and knew the general outline but have tried my hardest not to look too closely. I've seen places not one tenth as desperate and they were pretty bad.

    I heard a BBC reporter interviewed today and even he had a very difficult time answering questions like "what do people there need" At first he didn't even know how to answer. Money he finally said, to buy food and water, people are dying. He was just at a loss for words and overcome with trying to describe the simple enormity of suffering. The reporter was from Africa himself, no shrinking violet, for sure he's seen other hard things.

    Dying kids is something you never forget.

    We are poor but I'll send a donation tonight and be thankful both my kids are fed and sleeping.

    "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

    by ban nock on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 07:34:27 PM PDT

    •  this is the sense i am getting ... (9+ / 0-)

      from veteran reporters ... people are almost shell-shocked at what they are witnessing. And it is so amazing, given the forewarnings ....

      How we could have been so utterly unprepared for this ... and how we will find the money and the resources in time.... god, i wish i could fly there myself ... but what good would i be? Perhaps signing people in. Or renting a bus to pick up people walking? Running a kinda jitney service w/ all kinds of plumpy nut and water and stuff on hand?

      It amazes me that more assistance is NOT being provided in rescuing these people on their journeys.

      thanks for witnessing, ban nock. It is too disturbing but we have no choice.

      Hopes to be Reporting LIVE from Durban @COP17 ...

      by boatsie on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 07:42:50 PM PDT

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      •  We always want to go. (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        asterkitty, luckydog, boatsie, ban nock

        Some human, animal part of us sees need and wants to run towards it.  Or send things from our own hands.  And sometimes that can help.  But many times, in international matters, unless we're trained and experienced, money is the best thing we can send.

        Thank you for wanting to go, and for this diary.

        If I may make one suggestion, it'd be to put a donation link or two right at the top of the diary.  You can repeat it down at the bottom.  It might get that many more clicks.

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