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51. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

Tway,
The situation in Africa is truly disturbing. I, personally, don't even want to think about how bad things are and are going to be. I can't imagine what it must be like and don't have a refernce for it. It just really distrubs me to think how much alot of us do care and we aren't there or in a position to make the changes that need to be made.

I'm trying to concentrate on what is going on in my own country and how little people seem to care about there fellow man in the next state over.

Yeah, for me $88 billion seems like alot but in the grand scheme ... probably just a drop in the bucket as to what is really needed. God help us all.

52. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting IronChef

I'm trying to concentrate on what is going on in my own country and how little people seem to care about there fellow man in the next state over.

Really? With all the media coverage, I assumed more than enough was pouing in from all over to provide help, at least for the time being. I'm pretty surprised to hear that.

I think the media has a huge role to play when it comes to Africa. They are our eyes and ears - and people will reach out to help when they are moved to do so. But there is nothing to "sell" about Africa, and so no reason to put it in the evening news. I'm sure the same generous people who gave to Katrina would be moved to help African nations in crisis, but out of sight out of mind...

That's what disillusions me most.

53. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

And, unfortunately, when it comes to Africa - there is no economic gain for the American government to step in and truly do something to change what is happening in Africa. Not enough fossil fuels or value in the land. Scary to think what might happen to that continent as a whole in the distant future.

54. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Lt-Gen. Romeo Dallaire - who was heading up the very small UN mission in Rwanda - was told that all Rwanda had to offer were human beings, and there were too many of those anyway. I saw Hotel Rwanda a few weeks back, and it was horrible to watch as it finally dawned on the people there that they simply weren't worth saving. The military from different countries came in to take their citizens home, and left the Rwandans behind to slaughter themselves.

55. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Tway,

Gen. Louis Mackenzie (Ret.) was speaking at an international conference on the use of force between states. It was on TV a few weeks back. You should find his speech interesting if you can find it. According to Mackenzie, Dallaire believes the lack of action in Rowanda was racially motivated. Mackenzie believes it was a lack of "national self interest".

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