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January 16th, 2010


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11:12 am - Haiti
I haven't posted about Haiti because I can't think of anything helpful to say. But I don't want to act like it isn't happening. In the last day it's become clearer that it's worse than it seemed at first - which was pretty bad anyway. I'm not going to gripe about the stupid things a few people have been saying. I think the very impressive immediate reaction from around the world is wonderful. The problems with getting relief to the area are to do with logistics not lack of will, it seems. I know that's scant comfort for people who haven't got water and medicines. However, I hope that because of the big gesture from all sides, once the aid does get through there is sufficient to establish some proper facilities.

ETA - OK just one criticism, of my newspaper, the Guardian - starving and dehydrated people scavenging for the necessities of life are not 'Looters'. I expect better.

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From:ozarque
Date:January 16th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
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"OK just one criticism, of my newspaper, the Guardian - starving and dehydrated people scavenging for the necessities of life are not 'Looters'. I expect better."

You're absolutely right. Thank you.
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From:communicator
Date:January 16th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Particularly because I remember the term 'looting' was used in a racially charged way after the New Orleans hurricane, and I think the Guardian need to be more careful.
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From:hafren
Date:January 16th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Particularly when what they're scavenging would otherwise spoil and go to waste.
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From:communicator
Date:January 16th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
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That's a fair point. I think they might have chosen a better name for it. Men with machetes stealing food from the starving isn't what I think of as 'looting'. Not sure what the right word is though.

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