At the airport here in Newark, NJ (en route to Houston for a connecting flight to Colorado), a large group of us are gathered around TVs in the waiting area…people are watching with shock and sadness the horrible images being broadcast from New Orleans right now. Thousands are gathered outside the Superdome, sitting alongside a growing number of dead bodies, begging for water and food. A group of parents and kids are chanting “We want help! We want help!”
Its horrifying to see what is going on and I am not clear why it is taking so long to get support to people and why it has taken so long to mobilize resources. Listening to the words of the public officials, mistakes were clearly made and no one wants to point fingers, but someone will have to answer for the loss of life and chaos that is becoming more and more serious.
So many times we see footage of starving children or families struck by tragedy in faraway countries, people seemingly abandoned by their governments, and deep down we know that something like that would never happen in our country. Yet, watching the TV right now its clear that it can.