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Friday, January 23, 2009

We Are The World

Sometimes the continent of Africa seems such a lost hope, with famine, corruption and disease its companion in every corner, that one is tempted to shrug and walk away. We dare not, no matter how lost it seems.

Zimbabwe has been in the throes of a cholera epidemic since August of 2008. The disease has killed 2,500 people and affected an unbelievable 48,600 others, according to the World Health Organisation's stats published Thursday.

One of the great unanswered questions for me in this life, which I do not know if I will ever have a satisfactory answer to, is why certain people tolerate certain things, which other people do not.

What ingredient "X" is there in some people, in some cultures, to live alongside this and accept it for their own people? Not just momentarily, in crisis, but as a daily reality with absolutely no desire to stamp it out without guilt trips and handouts.

If someone can provide me an answer, I would be much obliged.

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2 Comments:

  • Failure breeds apathy which breeds more failure in turn.

    Though, look, the "most incompetent President in American history" managed to make a huge positive impact in Africa. If he can do it, anyone can, right?

    Maybe that'll help turn things around.

    By Blogger blake, at Fri Jan 23, 04:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • Cholera? Zimbabwe has been in the throes of a crazy dictator outbreak for, oh, at least a decade now. This is one of its more colorful symptoms, but not -- sadly -- its most destructive.

    By Blogger JSU, at Fri Jan 23, 02:49:00 pm GMT-5  

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