Thursday, December 29, 2005

first sad news of Christmas

Seems like the natural calamities never cease... and some news are never reported in the NY times. This link (from Dweep who is in Kenya) alerted to the latest calamity in Africa. Sometimes the places we are in are worlds apart, and it seems like one half never remembers how the other half lives. Even when in a world with aeroplanes, some places are unreachable. And in the world with more income per person but less and less curiosity, they seem destined to remain that way. Should I hope for change?

And more sad news on farmer suicides, this time from India, via The Hindu.


At 9:51 AM, Blogger MAHARAJADHIRAJ said...

U travellers must see this kind of disparity all the time. Some places have abundance while some others have hunger deaths. But I think hunger deaths have a lot to do with food culture as well. If you are habituated to a certain kind of food you will not eat anything else. And that's more true of indigenous people. For example the tsunami-hit aborigines of the Andamans islands rejected most of the aid food because it was not what they normally ate.

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Bidi-K said...

That is indeed sad, when inspite of food being offered, it is rejected. What makes things even more apalling in Kenya is that the other half of the country carries on in woeful disregard of the famine. Christmas is being celebrated as usual with huge feasts while fellow-countrymen are dying. The govt expects UN to help, and it is doing so, but as usual the aid could fall short of the requirements, due to lack of world interest. As my friend says according to the rich nations "its just not a convenient time to have famine".


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