Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Victims


Una pregunta da vueltas por mi cabeza esta mañana. Fue precisamente a inicios de este año cuando un Tsunami destruyó grandes poblaciones pobres de Asia; luego, el 31 agosto pasado en El Ecuador de Hoy me enteraba de la desgracia ocurrida en Irak, y ahora esto:

Extracto de: Margins of Society to Center of the Tragedy
por David Gonzalez
Publicado: September 2, 2005
The New York Times

In New Orleans, the disaster's impact underscores the intersection of race and class in a city where fully two-thirds of its residents are black and more than a quarter of the city lives in poverty. In the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, which was inundated by the floodwaters, more than 98 percent of the residents are black and more than a third live in poverty.

Spencer R. Crew, president and chief executive officer of the national Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, said the aftermath of the hurricane would force people to confront inequality.

"Most cities have a hidden or not always talked about poor population, black and white, and most of the time we look past them," Dr. Crew said. "This is a moment in time when we can't look past them. Their plight is coming to the forefront now. They were the ones less able to hop in a car and less able to drive off."

¿Por que la naturaleza parece siempre ensañarse con los más vulnerables?


Keywords: Katrina, New Orleans, Estados Unidos.