The Natatorium

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Thursday, September 08, 2005


I was horrified by the Katrina disaster, as I'm sure everyone else reading this was, and I became more and more horrified with each day that went by without aid arriving in New Orleans. But on the 4th day after the hurricane, the news reports came flooding in that aid had arrived, the Red Cross was there, people were being evacuated, and soon all would be well again.

I thought, "FINALLY, these poor people are getting some help."

I kept praying every night, but my anger subsided and was replaced with relief that things would be okay now.

Except they're not. Except there are *still* people in New Orleans not getting the help they need. In Hannah's most recent post, she included links to a soul-wrenching video interview from Meet the Press, which I think everyone should watch. Everyone in America wants to help these people, so why aren't they getting the help they need? The answer is the new four-letter F-word: FEMA.

FEMA is turning more resources away (including 3 semi trucks full of water, sent by Wal-Mart, why people were still dying of thirst) than it is delivering. My opinion? Get the f--- out. Just go. Maybe if FEMA gets its ass out of the way, people who actually want to help will have a chance.


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