miércoles, mayo 11, 2005

El mayor sufrimiento se produce en África

y no en Irak o Afghanistán. Aunque los medios nos digan todos los días los muertos en Irak ( y nunca noticias positivas), y aunque las últimas semanas se ha desatado una ola de violencia horrible, cosas peores pasan en países de África; que no nos lo cuenten no quiere decir que no pase.
Además, me pregunto qué se les debe pasar por la cabeza a los periodistas que cuando informan de los muertos producidos lo llaman resistencia, insurgentes etc... si no hacen más que asesinar a iraquíes inocentes, ¿cuál es su razonamiento?

Jan Egeland, coordinador de Ayuda Humanitaria de las Naciones Unidas aportó un poco de infromación sobre la situación en África:
"The world's biggest drama is not found in Europe or the Middle East or North America - the world's biggest challenges and dramas are found in Africa," Mr. Egeland said in an interview before delivering a closed-door briefing on the subject to the Security Council.

While the killing and displacement of tens of thousands of people in the Darfur region in Sudan had engaged the world, he said, a crisis of similar horror was being largely neglected in northern Uganda, and new outbreaks were erupting in countries like Chad and Togo.

In the Central African Republic, which is one of the poorest places on earth, we have 6 percent of what we asked for," he said. "And in Somalia, which has in some areas worse mortality rates than Darfur, we have 8 percent."

In Chad, he said, more than 200,000 refugees from neighboring Darfur were overtaxing the resources of an already impoverished country. In Togo, unrest after a disputed election has generated "overnight" a refugee problem in Benin and Ghana.

He said there were desperate food shortages in the south, in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique, and in the north, in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

He warned of a "triple threat" menace to southern Africa - a combination of H.I.V./AIDS, which he said had taken 250,000 lives in the region since January; drought brought on by catastrophically low rainfall, and weak government.

Mr. Egeland appealed in particular for urgent attention to northern Uganda, where several recent attempts to sign truces and open peace talks have faltered, and fighting has intensified in an 18-year-old conflict between rebel fighters and the government that has left 500,000 people dead and 2 million displaced.


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