March 24, 2005

Humiliation For Food

Things are so bad in Zimbabwe that people are crying out for a return to white rule.

"If we had the chance to go back to white rule, we'd do it," said Solomon Dube, a peasant whose child was crying with hunger when I arrived in his village. "Life was easier then, and at least you could get food and a job."

Mr. Dube acknowledged that the white regime of Ian Smith was awful. But now he worries that his 3-year-old son will die of starvation, and he would rather put up with any indignity than witness that. - nytimes.com

How absolutely heartbreaking.

Is it because this is black-on-black oppression that the world is ignoring it? We got all upset by the white farmers losing their land, but we don't seem to care about the thousands of people who can't leave.

One of the women in the story was a few days off giving birth. The last time she had protien of any kind was "a morsel of goat meat" at Christmas. And before that? Over a year.

Posted by phreq at March 24, 2005 05:51 AM | TrackBack
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I think it is apathy over starvation. How often do you hear an outcry over the deaths in North Korea, Malawi, Guatemala.

But throw in a nuclear weapon, forced redistribution of wealth or oil and everyone is on for a bit of the action.

Posted by: Vincent at March 24, 2005 10:10 AM

that's true. Starvation is a boring death to film. If they self-immolated in front of the cameras they'd get more news time.

Posted by: phreq at March 24, 2005 01:38 PM
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