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An insomniac in constant motion headed somewhere only my Maker knows.

jeudi, septembre 01, 2005

Grief: La, Al, Ms:Hurricane Katrina

I have no words to express the grief & sorrow from the destruction & loss of life following Hurricane Katrina's sweep through Louisiana & Alabama & Mississippi. My sympathies go to all affected.
And, fellow US-residents, please let's stop the freaking whining about gas prices & instead go out to help restore faith & lives in the affected areas. For heaven's sake people are dying every day & the stupid ass-holes in the media still have the nerve to complain about gas prices!?
Shame on you!

NB: All images courtesy of Yahoo news photos.
Edit(Sept 2/05): I still have friends from/about whom I have not heard, and am worried stiff. Anyone else in a similar situation, I have you in my prayers & hope our loved ones are safe somewhere.


Blogger Irena said...

Akiey: I cannot begin to fathom that the media can over and over again focus on looting as if all that matters right now is the material goods whilst people are dying in house attics because there is no enough security personnel with the means to rescue them. And to think that they would call over 1500 to security personnel to guard the freakin shops. What is a 25'screen T.V compared to human life. I understand the need to secure the City from anarchy but for pete's sake! The air time they have been using to show the looters would have been the same airtime they would have given all the charitable organization to provide info for those who want to help or even go and volunteer or even help the surviving people let their loved ones they are okay Unimaginable! . Sorry I didn't mean to go off but ..yu know me:-)
By the way very moving images .To see a grown man cry with desperation ...sad sad!

septembre 01, 2005 2:59 PM  
Blogger akiey5 said...

Irena, I feel your pain & hey, feel free to let it all out that's why we blog. When grown men can't hold back their tears, it's pure hell & we all need to act.
I agree the media is focusing to much on nonissues.
Who would have imagined that in the US of all places we would be so vain as to let the young & old die while we secure property.
We never created life, so we lose it & it's gone forever. We build, destroy & rebuild, so yes...what in the hell is a business or some shit of a large screen tv?!
This is pure armageddon & many folks cuddled up in the warmth of their living rooms are being fed the network shitty news.
Daaaarn, I need to finish this project & see if I can catch the next bus into Louisiana, am serious!

septembre 01, 2005 3:30 PM  
Blogger Guessaurus said...

Akiey - pole for those friends you have missing, I hope they are going to surface fine and safe.

As for the media, it has taken this to the extremes - and yes, the looting has been a main media priority even out here!
My heart goes out to the people of Louisiana and all other affected areas and I know that a life lost is a tragedy irrespective of how it happened.

As an aside, and being a devils advocate here, I feel that because this has happened in the States, the whole world is aghast at it, like how the heck can something that bad happen in America.. we all know the story, it has been on the news for the last week, there has been warnings for the last two weeks for people to evacuate - but, over a thousand people died in Iraq the same day and it only made the news once - its yesterdays news now and everybody has forgotten about it (well, almost everybody)... so, I say, God does not sleep - now there are concerts arranged by all media/movie/music celebrities to raise money for help those people affected by Katrina, well and good, the Queen of England is sending her condolences, all noble and sh*t - but, what about Iraq - wouldnt the government of America be using the money/resources they are using in Iraq to leave the country alone and rebuild their own. Who will be organising the massive burials and reconstruction of the lives of those left homeless by the american government who has been bombing their homes and killing their families. Well, arent their lives as important as those of American people? Thought not!

akiey - I am sorry to do this on your blog but I am tired of the hypocrisy that America just spews on the rest of the world and expects all of us to just swallow it and shut up.

septembre 02, 2005 4:37 AM  
Blogger akiey5 said...

Guess, feel no shame in your game, you know my blog policy:'Let it all out':)
I agree with you & even I & Irena/Wanjiru question this all the time. Terrible tragedy that happened in the South but what keeps happening in Iraq is a man-made tragedy that never was before 2003. This administration was warned of the dire consequences of starting a war that will tear the social, cultural, political & religious fabric of Iraq into shreds but all they saw was oil & more oil. Iraqis die daily, buck-eyed 19 yr old US soldiers die daily for a cause they know nothing about & where's the logic?

I feel for the 1000 plus that died in Iraq, their families, their hopes dashed. I am still pained to realize that all this is getting worse but since it happens all the time in Iraq, you're right the media gives it a minute & we're off whining like b***es about gas prices.

I pray for Louisiana, Alabama & Mississipi. The low income souls are suffering & watching their friends & family die of hunger, drowning & disease & I weep daily for Iraqis. As Irena asks 'where are the Human Souls'.
"Don't Make Me Come Down There"-God.

septembre 02, 2005 4:53 AM  
Blogger akiey5 said...

PS: Thanks G, I pray I get to hear from my buddies soonest. It's traumatic. Thanks again.

septembre 02, 2005 4:54 AM  
Blogger Guessaurus said...

"Don't Make Me Come Down There"- God. - I am sure he has already despaired with the Human race by now and just lets us f*** ourselves up over and over again.
As I always say: The world is going to s**t and taking all of us with it!

So, a prayer is directed your way my friend and all your friends (that is, if God is taking any more requests :) and I hope that you hear something soon coz not knowing is worse.

Have a great weekend!

PS: What in the h heck hell are you doing awake at 5am - did the insomniac take over again? Do we need to drug him? :)

Good luck with the project by the way...

septembre 02, 2005 5:59 AM  
Blogger Msanii_XL said...

Sad situation..and the govt are too sluggish and dragging their feet. God be with all the families down there.


One of the most sobering interviews i have heard. If politicians even cared a quarter how he does..PLEASE LISTEN TO THAT MP3..the cnn one is chopped up

Akiey hope your fam and friends are good.

septembre 02, 2005 1:46 PM  
Blogger Nakeel said...

Akiey am sooo touched i pray that your friends communicate and you get to see them well and fine..

To this i agree with Irena and Guess the media tends to loose especially when it is a white on the ground where there are blacks they will focus on the negative things they are doing and forget about the positive how the hell do a certain camera man take 15 minutes on looting while there is someone there struggling to take an hand of a drowning kid its soo bad and they allocate other 15 to gas prices while Human souls are only being given 45 seconds its sooo inhuman...
With all due respect Americans are such Heartless especially the President how dare one send thousands of troops to Iraq to kill innocent people while he cant call them to rescue his own people who are dying??? he has lost it and though those who are dying are innocent in a way America are paying for the innocent souls being killed in Iraq daily.....

My prayers to the people of Alabam, Louisiana and Mississipi..

septembre 03, 2005 4:21 AM  
Blogger UARIDI said...

Akiey, prayer never fails - if we direct it to the right Person. After a while I could not bear to listen to the news because of the sheer numbers.

Did you see the number of African descendents who have lost everything? And what everything is that? A shack and a dusty plot. God have mercy.

septembre 04, 2005 9:12 AM  
Blogger akiey5 said...

Guess, thanks lots for the prayers & wishes. I just hope God doesn’t give up on us useless, careless humans. I got word that 2 friends, originally from Louisiana are okay but actual whereabouts unknown as of now but they lost everything! & were last seen evacuating the Superdome. Have to check on 3 more, one’s a childhood friend.
Yep, we’ve been turning Mother Earth into some dumpsite & like Steel Pulse (Earth Crisis album) said in their songs: “In these times of Science & Technology, The World Is an Unconscious Lavatory”. Looks like we’re paying for it & nature doesn’t discriminate who wronged her or not.
PS-reply: The insomniac took over & he seems too strong to fight at times so I let him be on this day. Btw, there’s something enlightening about staying up all night. It’s an insomniac thing, you gotta be one to understand it. We get inspired in the quiet & peace of the night, lol!

msanii_xl, many thanks for the audio, bro! That’s the real deal there & am proud of Mayor Nagin for telling it like it is, no mincing words or getting politically correct while people are dying. Sad to note that the state had it’s funds cut 2 yrs ago when they needed to upgrade some dykes:( Takes a person of strong will & character to spit it out like that. Checked out the CNN one too & yeah, that one’s too weak.
I wish everyone in Gulf states Godspeed & hey, we’ll do all we can to help them. Just got word from fam, they’re on their way to Georgia but in 2 separate convoys. One still not located but we hope for the best. 2 friends are out of the Superdome. 2 still unheard from. Everyone I know lost everything they ever owned down there. Too sad!

Nakeel Thanks a lot for the prayers & I keep hoping they’re all okay. One’s a doctor & am afraid somewhat since doctors & other emergency staff are usually the last ones out of disaster areas. Hope he’s ok. I know for now email or calls are the last thing on his mind.
True, the media is too selective & it’s all about getting sensational news to up their ratings. Too inhuman tactics in a crisis like this. Iraq seemed more urgent coz there was killing to be done in national defence but Gulf States take a back seat…why? Am still at a loss. Glad Kanye, like Mayor Nagin held nothing back. About time!

Uaridi, thanks. We’ll keep praying & hoping that all are safe. I know it will New Orleans & other affected areas many, many years to come to terms with the loss but all we can do is give them hope. Prayers are in order. Honestly, it’s hard not to have misty eyes while seeing the damage & desperate situation our Bros & Sisters in the Diaspora are faced with. Ditto, the very little they had they’ve lost & the help they needed so urgently came too little & too late.

septembre 05, 2005 1:26 AM  
Anonymous Ms K said...

Hey sweetie, I hope all your friends are all accounted for.

God bless all the medical personnel, all the security personnel and other public servants who stayed behind to help, even when they didn't know where there families are, or if they were safe. God bless you all!!!

My heart just broke for this one policeman, who had no idea where his wife was, but he was there doing his job. Let me tell you, when people say Above and Beyond the call of duty.... that's it right there!!!

septembre 05, 2005 9:15 AM  
Blogger Irena said...


Akiey here are the names of the unaccounted for Kenyans who hailed from New Orleans. Have you heard anything from your friend yet?

septembre 06, 2005 9:29 AM  
Blogger akiey said...

Ms.K, Thanks for the wishes. I've heard from/about almost everyone I know except 2 people. One American, the other Kenyan.
U're very right about the "Above and Beyond the call of duty" being more than a brave thing. It involves lots of sacrifice requiring you put yourself last like in the case of the policeman. I can only imagine his fears for his family as he's out rescuing (fellow) victims. Again thanks MS.K.

Irena, Thanks for the link. I checked out the names & I just hope they find everybody safe & sound. My buddy's last name is Ali & I keep searching all over hoping he's listed as evacuated & safe. Grazie, molto, carina:)

septembre 07, 2005 3:08 PM  
Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

great post. Just passing through, I'm liking the blog by the way.

septembre 09, 2005 1:32 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

i join you in praying for those in New orleans. My heart is still breaking...

septembre 09, 2005 7:47 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

(and all the affected areas)

septembre 09, 2005 7:48 PM  
Blogger akiey5 said...

HumanityCritic, Thanks a lot for stopping by bro. Your blog's one of the finest out there, hands down!

Afromusing, Thanks for the prayers. Too tragic a natural disaster but too shameful the human reaction. Let's all keep hope alive & reach out to all the affected:)

septembre 12, 2005 1:22 AM  
Blogger Irena said...

Non c'e problema il mio amico...I hope you find Ali... my prayers are with him.

septembre 12, 2005 3:10 PM  
Blogger caroline said...

akiey5, were those delegates that were housed by the Kenyan "gova" at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria the ones who were "supposed" to be congratulating Barack Obama when he became the youngest senator????

septembre 18, 2005 12:42 PM  
Blogger akiey5 said...

Irena,Grazie, Ali va bene e la anche sua piccola famiglia:) Got news about him, he was held back in NO where he worked for about 4 days straight assisting fellow victims of the disaster. He's one of the crucial personnel (a Doc) so he could not leave but luckily his family got evacuated just as the waters got more dangerous. Thanks for sasking & for staying in touch.

Caroline, I asked around & some one in NYC told me some of the delagates were here for the Obama congrats meet up.
Shamely sad how things had to turn out for thetop diplomat.

septembre 25, 2005 11:01 PM  
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