Monday, June 26, 2006
Tsunami workers shocked by Ninth Ward
Tsunami relief workers shocked by 9th Ward tour,
say they expected more signs of recovery
Two leaders of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights who have spent the last 18-months helping victims of last year’s Tsunami took a walk through the Lower Ninth Ward Friday.
Their reaction was one of shock, because they said they expected to see more signs of recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
“We think of America as being this fabulous, powerful superpower, and it’s exactly like Third World situations,” said [tsunami relief worker] Tom Kerr...
I haven't pitched Friday's or Saturday's Times-Picayune, but if this didn't make the paper and move on the national wires, then someone has dropped the ball. Or was told not to play with this dangerous ball in public. A quick check of Google News finds that this story was picked up by the Gulf Times of Qatar. And no one else.
As the central government's national holiday celebrating freedom from remote incompetence and tyranny approaches, I'm frustrated to think how, or why, I would want to celebrate. Vicksburg MS fell to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863. The city did not observe the Fourth of July as a holiday again until 1945. I wonder how long it will be before New Orleans forgives and forgets?
Props to LiveJournal blogger fivecats for calling this one out.
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But I have a sign of this here in my own home. My daughter and grandson moved here. We registered him for school, and with great luck, have him in a wonderful school, Mc 15, now a KIPP Charter school in the Quarter a couple blocks from our home. As we're registering him, we get to table 3 or whatever, and there is a teacher with another form to fill out. It is full of questions like: Is there any mold in your home? Does your child have any post-Katrina trauma? Was your home destroyed?
My daughter, from Ohio lately, who saw the Ninth Ward when she visited during Mardi Gras, was pissed off as I answered no to the questions, feeling I was usurping her as a parent I guess. Finally I said to the teacher, that my daughter doesn't understand the level of mold, etc. here. What astonished me was that she didn't GET that there WERE kids for whom these questions were overwhelmingly important and that there is still so much suffering here. This is the daughter of someone who has been writing about this since September and she doesn't get it.
I can only imagine how many people who saw it on the news in August have now put Katrina in the same box as Vietnam or maybe 911. It happened, it was horrible, it's done, let's go to Applebee's.
This should have been carried by every damn news station in town, and of course, the TP. Shameful that it wasn't.
Back to Ashley's Sinn Fein looks like to me.
Meanwhile, my grandson found some Hot Wheels that we salvaged from storage (don't ask me why we bothered!). He keeps them in a special container and tells me every day that those cars "made it through Kantrina", as he pronounces it. He gets it.
I was talking to an expert on the San Francisco earthquake a few months ago who was shocked that people hadn't yet returned to the city. San Francisco was totally destroyed -- as much by fire as the earthquake, but there were tent cities set up to accomodate people, and tellingly, four years later, the tent cities were no longer necessary.
I wonder what we can expect in four years time.
But what date should we pick to celebrate the independence of the Orleans Free State? January 8 would work (Battle of New Orleans) except that coming on the heels of Christmas and New Years and Twelfth Night nobody would notice.
Yom Ha'Shoah d'Orleans is clearly August 29.
We need a whole new calendar, where President's Day is a work day but St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's day are paid days off.
I have images from my tour through the flood damages areas of New Orleans as well as various commentary at my blog -- http://fivecats.livejournal.com -- and welcome any additional comments from you and your readers on this subject.
My time in NOLA was such an eye-opening series of revelations that I'm still trying to piece it all together.
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