Is this an unofficial Apertheid Policy?I asked myself, ‘why are most images of distraught victims of Katrina shown on news media mostly of blacks?’ It looked as if the weather had hit some remote African nation...but it was mainland USA. And the many blacks shown on TV where US citizens.
Am I the only person who noticed this?
It made me wonder: Is slavery over in the States or is there an unofficial Apertheid policy that causes such a failure by the State in its reaction to the whole disaster...
What if Katrina had hit a predominantly white and affluent area of the USA? Would there be this chaos? Would there be this dismay? Would there have been this loss of life ( 1,000and counting)? Would the US armed forces have taken so long to react?
Refugees are telling tales of horror...
Mothers scrape out their babies' nappies so they may be used again.
But stop here if you are sensitive.
Our brothers and sisters in the US are facing a disaster. It could happen to us, and we will probably be worse off...
But I just cannot understand how, notwithstanding its immense arsenal of resources, manpower and advanced technology, the US could not defend its citizens better than it did so far! Its a sure let down. The US could certainly do much better.
Its a humbling experience...and a scary one knowing that us in Europe, and particularly in Malta, such a natural disaster could spell worse scenarios...or, would it?
At the New Orleans' Superdome stadium, refugees describe piles of faeces, knee-high, after the toilets overflowed and people were forced to relieve themselves on staircases.
At least seven bodies are scattered outside the city's convention centre.
People sheltering at New Orleans' main refuges say they have been robbed of their humanity.
"I don't treat my dog like that," 47-year-old Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at a woman who lay dead in her wheelchair outside the convention centre.
"We pee on the floor. We are like animals," 25-year-old Taffany Smith told the Los Angeles Times, cradling her three-week-old son in the Superdome stadium.
Up to 20,000 refugees from the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina have been corralled into each building.
This is where they were told to come, but the authorities were woefully unprepared for the arrival of such numbers, who include the very young, the very old, and the very infirm.
For days they have been without adequate electricity, sanitation, or food supplies waiting to be taken from what many describe as a scene from hell.
"We got dead bodies sitting next to us for days. I feel like I am going to die "
(Personal comment) Thomas Jessie
All who have been inside the Superdome speak of the pervading stench of human waste.
Amid the deteriorating conditions at both refuges, horrific stories are emerging.
At the Superdome there were two reports of rape, one involving a child, while police at the convention centre said there had been similar reported incidents.
Others described what it was like to live among the dead.
"We got dead bodies sitting next to us for days. I feel like I am going to die. People are going to kill you for water," Thomas Jessie, a 31-year-old roofer, told the AFP news agency after spending the night in the convention centre.
Keep on coming
And the slow evacuation has only contributed to tensions. The head of the city's emergency operations, Terry Ebbert, warned it had become an "incredibly explosive situation".
Heat and exhaustion proved too much for some in the queue
"This is a national emergency. This is a national disgrace," he said.
At the Superdome, fighting and gunshots broke out in the long desperate line of people waiting for the chance to board one of the school buses deployed to take them away.
Medical evacuations from the Superdome on Thursday were temporarily disrupted after a gun shot was fired at a rescue helicopter.
Meanwhile people continued to arrive, many wading through water to get there. Their homes destroyed, they have nowhere else to go.
By Thursday evening, 11 hours after the evacuation began, the stadium had 10,000 more people than it did at dawn.