A question of scale

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Is it a worthwhile endeavor to draw up a taxonomy of disaster? A baedeker of pain?

Here’s an arresting quote. The source is a humanitarian news service, which has a vested interest in maximizing the press of disasters to attract donors. But here it is:

“[The Congo]’s the worst humanitarian tragedy since the Holocaust,” John O’Shea, chief executive of Irish relief agency GOAL, told AlertNet. “The greatest example on the planet of man’s inhumanity to man.”

Congo war tops AlertNet poll of ‘forgotten’ crises.

In the center of Africa, the centerpiece of the world’s suffering. A rich land laid to waste while the world waits.

Written by louis

March 10th, 2005 at 12:58 am

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  1. You are quite the poet. But it is sad that we have to top the chart – or that a chart of levels of pain and hatred and massacres should ever exist… that is our lot I guess.


    29 Mar 05 at 11:46

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