Tuesday, September 06, 2005


new orleans vs the sudan

for a sense of perspective on the massive relief operations now finally underway for the "internally displaced persons" from new orleans (they're apparently not refugees, since the term "refugee" implies a border-crossing), check out sleepless in sudan, a fascinating blog written by an anonymous 30-something aid-worker at a refugee camp in the darfur region of the sudan.

(also see here and here, for more on the "what's in a name" refugee/survivor/idp debate)

although initially things seemed a little too close to call, i'm now confident in saying that the conditions for the new orleanians in the houston astrodome are better than those of the refugees in the kalma and al salam refugee camps.

if you don't believe me, just go ask barbara bush...

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