Thoughts on Disaster Relief in the Gulf Coast Region
It appears that today, food and water is finally getting to the refugees at the Convention Center in New Orleans. And today, many hospital patients are being evacuated out of the region. Since the government decided not to drop food and water from the air in the first few days of the crisis, the situation became abysmal on the ground, leading to widespread violence, including rape.
It is frustrating that the poorest residents of New Orleans and the entire affected region were left stranded. Let me be clear - poor, black residents of the region were left without any help. The Bush administration, which is so quick to drop bombs on poor people elsewhere in the world, cut off funds to the Army Corp of Engineers to modernize the levees; cut off funds to FEMA; and refused to immediately activate the U.S. military and administrative agencies to get food and water to the hurricane victims and evacuate them.
I am sure, like me, you are monitoring news websites and television channels for the latest information. In case you did not know, President Castro of Cuba offered to send 1100 medical personnel with medical equipment to the region. His press release, along with some other news of the disaster, is posted on my personal political blog, Chicken Foot Stew.