Wednesday, September 14, 2005

On the ground in New Orleans

The Interdictor continues to post from New Orleans, giving unvarnished on-the-ground accounts of what's going on there.

Here's an excerpt from a report that particularly grabbed my attention:
In my opinion, everything that is going on in the media is a complete bastardization of what is really happening. The result is that good people are dying and losing family members. I have my own set of opinions about welfare and people working to improve thier own lot instead of looking for handouts, but what is occurring now is well beyond those borders. These people need help and need to get out. We can sort out all of the social and political issues later, but human beings with any sense of compassion would agree that the travesty that is going on here in New Orleans needs to end and people's lives need to be saved and families need to be put back together. Now.

I don't know what to do with all of this, but I think we need to get this story out. Some of what is being portrayed among the media is happening and is terrible, but it is among a very small group of people, not the majority. They make it seem like New Orleans has somehow taken the atmosphere of the mobs in Mogadishu... which is making volunteers (including us) more hesitant and rescue attempts more difficult. As a result, people are dying. My family has been volunteering at the shelters here in Houma and can count on one hand the number of people among thousands who have not said "Thank You," or "God Bless You." Their lives shattered and families torn apart, gracious just to have us serve them beans and rice...
Nothing to argue with there. Read the full report here (scroll down to the post titled Robert LeBlanc).

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