"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

3.20.2007

i should've written about the british parliament

Sometimes my research just makes me feel sick. Today is one of those days. I am writing background information for a chapter, and part of that involves the Rwandan refugee camps that were established in Goma in the summer of 1994. These camps housed between 800,000 and 1 million Rwandans who had fled the genocide, but the camps quickly fell under the control of those who were responsible for the genocide. They used the camps as a base for launching raids back into Rwanda to try to overthrow the new government.

The conditions in the camps were, by all accounts, beyond awful. They were set up on a volcanic plain, there was no clean water or sanitation, at first there was nowhere near enough food. People were dying by the hundreds, a cholera epidemic broke out, it was just awful. And people were in these camps for years.

How do we stand by and let these things happen to innocent people? Why don't we use our power and money to do something about it? There are situations like this all over the world today. Why aren't we making it better? What's wrong with us?

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