Friday, December 02, 2005

Haiku of the day: School children marching, Raising new desks above them, Like happy coffins;Posted by Picasa

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,

Have you heard any word from Dorothee recently? I know she has been in the field but haven't heard from her in quite a while.

Eric H.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Black River Eagle said...

Hi Sahara Sarah,

This is a really cool photo of the kids carrying the school desk. Must have been heavy to require so many men to transport it. Hope that it is for use in their own school and not that they are missing classes to earn a little money. Haven't stopped by for a while but your writing and new photos are very much appreciated.

Many of us have heard today about the massive 6.8 (Richter scale) earthquake down in your neck of the woods. Hoping that you are safe and that not too many people were killed or injured. Let us know ASAP.

I really hope that this does not turn out to be a major disaster for the people in the area like the volcanic eruption that destroyed parts of Goma some years back.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Sahara Sarah said...

Hi Eric, D is back and I think she's been in touch, yes?

Apparently the earthquake was felt in Kindu but there was no damage. Thanks for your concern. I think there was some damage in Kalemie, but haven't heard the exact reports. The Congo sure takes it from all sides (war, volcano, now an earthquake??). I sometimes wonder if things are getting worse or it's just the way of the world (earthquake in Pakistan, tsunami, hurricanes...)

1:38 PM  
Blogger Black River Eagle said...

The international TV news giants (CNN, BBC) don't have squat on the East Africa Quake today. Looks as if they have their hands full covering the plane crash in Tehran and the Condoleeza Rice visit to Europe. Or could it be that it is hard to find a TV news crew to go down to the Congo to have a looksee? BBC News online has an update but no TV news footage is coming out of the affected region.

Kalemie was reported to be about 55Km from the epicenter and eyewitness reports said that there were several deaths and building collapses. Some say that there aren't many sturdy buildings left in the region that haven't already collapsed from war and/or neglect.

Good to hear that you are O.K. Here is the link to the BBC News update:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4499938.stm

6:28 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hi. Good photo... I love that they all have to help.

2:17 PM  

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