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        Thursday, June 15, 2006
        Incompetence of staggering proportions

        I am simply grateful that FEMA (the US Federal Emergency Management Agency) does not have anything to do with African disaster management. Just imagine a former commissioner of horses who faked his credentials on his resume and who is more concerned about whether to roll up his sleeves or not while visiting Katrina victims, running a feeding center of thousands of severely malnourished children, women and elderly people somewhere in Africa.

        Even after the former boss of FEMA, Michael Brown, was let go, still the agency managed to continue being so lousy that they pay money to an inmate's "damaged post office box address" rather than a damaged house. What is going on?

        A total of $1 billion was wasted on fraudsters, and it is surprising to see that all the blame is on the fraudsters not the incompetence of the people who run the agency. There are still thousands of people who live in dire conditions one year after Katrina demolished their towns. And FEMA is quite happily paying inmates for damaged P.O. Box addresses. We are into the second week of the official hurricane season, and already had the first named Tropical Storm, Aberto. The last thing I expect from the greatest country in the world is to leave its citizens still living in horrid conditions for one whole year. I wonder what preparations have been underway to protect people from this years hurricane season. If FEMA has been busy paying for a "damaged address", my guess is none. Nada. Zilch. Good thing there is more money coming in for FEMA to get its acts together this hurricane season.
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          At 8:32 PM, Blogger sokari said…

          Hi, I have set up an African Women's Reblog at:

          Myself and Mshairi are hoping to develop the REblog into a space for African women - we are not sure what yet but would appreciate it if you would have a look through the reblog and add a link to it on your blog.

          many thanks

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