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Amid the graves of Somalia's children
Burying a child: A mother's unending grief
Sanjay Gupta MD
By Sanjay Gupta, M.D., Chief Medical Correspondent
August 11, 2011 11:25 a.m. EDT
Fight to save Somali kids
Gupta's visit with Somalian refugees brings disturbing memories
He recalls the grieving mother of a boyhood friend who died
Thousands of Somalian parents have buried their children this summer
Editor's note: Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes you deep inside the misery of the largest refugee camp in the world, "SGMD," Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET
Dadaab, Kenya (CNN) --
When I was in the third grade, a classmate of mine died of leukemia. None of us knew he was sick, only that his mother hadn't let him attend school in a while.
More than 30 years later, I still remember the awful day my mom told me my friend had passed away. I made a card for his mother, and walked to their house to deliver it. She was too overcome to take any visitors, but thanked me and took the card. I can recall her broken up face when she shut the door.
Over time we lost touch, but during the holidays a couple of years ago, I stopped by her home to pay a visit. She recognized me right away, smiled and invited me in for a cup of coffee. And then, while hanging my jacket, she began to tremble and cry.
So many years later, the sorrow was just under the surface. The experience left an indelible impression on me, one that I better understood after becoming a parent myself. It violates a natural order of life to bury your own child, and I am not sure the grief ever goes away.
That's the position 30,000 Somali parents found themselves in this summer. And, 600,000 more children may be buried before the end of the year. In just about any other place on Earth, those numbers would scream out from international headlines, but not here in East Africa.
Inside the Dadaab Refugee Camp, a mass burial site sits within walking distance of the close cluster of tents. Amin Hassan took me to see the tiny burial site of her 1-month old daughter, Addison.
It was nearly lost among all the other shallow, hastily dug graves. Small sticks mark these raised plots of dirt with nothing else except bits of colored plastic trash stuck in the ground and blowing in the wind.
There are no nameplates, no flowers and no reminders of their lives. People here just vanish.
"She was perfectly healthy when she arrived," Amin told me.
They had left Somalia in search of food and water, and felt relief when they finally reached the camp. It may have been contaminated water that caused little Addison's intractable diarrhea and vomiting or an overwhelming infection.
Pertussis or whooping cough is something they see quite often here. "And measles," one of the doctors told me.
Many of these infections are wildly contagious, especially among the hundreds of thousands of un-vaccinated kids in these camps.
As I stood and spoke to Hassan, with all those tiny burial sites around us, I couldn't help but think of my friend and his mother. I thought of that unnatural order of parents burying their children.
I thought about Hassan's lifelong grief.
Amin Hassan dug the grave for her daughter by herself.
.Amid the graves of Somalia's children CNN... . Burying a child: A... more
By Kathleen Madigan
The lot of the U.S. consumer hasn’t been a happy one. Weak labor markets, falling home values and, recently, soaring gas prices have gnawed away at confidence.
The economic angst was apparent Tuesday when the Conference Board reported its index fell to 63.4 this month, from 72.0 in February.
Even so, misery isn’t blanketing the U.S. in equal measure. And gauging local gloom is possible using data collected at the city level. It turns out Boston is coping best. Clouds are darkest in sunny Phoenix.
The twin worries depressing consumers — slow progress on the job front and soaring gas prices — are reminiscent of the fears of the late 1980s. Back then, a misery index — the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates — illustrated the strains on households. In 1980, the index averaged 21%.
How miserable are consumers now? A 1980s index would total 11.0%, but recent inflation reports haven’t totally captured the pain drivers are suffering at the pump. Plus, any measure today would have to include the weakness in real estate. The January S&P/Case-Shiller report showed the fall in home prices is accelerating again. Declining home values make homeowners feel especially miserable.
One way to construct a current misery index would add the 12-month change in the jobless rate (to gauge improvement in the labor markets), the percent change in gas prices since the end of 2010, and the inverse of the yearly percent change in home values. That U.S. misery index would stand at 20% now, and up from 8.3% a year ago.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/03/29/where-are-americans-most-miserable/?mod=google_news_blogBy Kathleen Madigan The lot of the U.S. consumer hasn’t been a happy one.... more
“Grief “is a deeply moving short film directed by the German filmmaker Daniel Lang, which is adapted from Anton Chekhof’s short story, “Misery.” On a rainy and gloomy night, a battered taxi drifts through the streets of Berlin. Iona, a Russian immigrant, is behind the wheel. His son had supported the family by driving the taxi until his sudden, unexpected death the previous week. Now Iona has taken his son’s place, trying hard to make his way as a blundering taxi driver. But what he really wants is to find someone, anyone to talk to about his son’s death.
This piece includes a number of high-resolution color photographs, as well as the thoughtfully engrossing short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/grief-a-lonely-misery-that-could-flood-the-whole-world/“Grief “is a deeply moving short film directed by the German filmmaker... more
'...Can't the spiritual leaders stop all this human misery, sorrow and suffering by using their spiritual powers? After all, there exist on this planet earth so many spiritual guides, masters or experts who teach powerful spiritual things like the Yoga and so on. If not, does it mean that these spiritual leaders are useless to the human race?..."
Click on the following link to read the full article at TRCB:
http://bit.ly/9BQQZ6 via @addthis'...Can't the spiritual leaders stop all this human misery, sorrow and... more
Brett counts down the Top 5 "I Love You's" in the Movies.
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For more about movies from Current: http://current.com/moviesBrett counts down the Top 5 "I Love You's" in the Movies. The Rotten... more
The poverty in Afghanistan is almost beyond imagining. Thirty Afghans die from TB every day; life expectancy is 43 years; per capita income is $426; only 13% have access to sanitary drinking water; fewer than one in four are literate; access to electricity is among the lowest in the world. Conditions for women are brutal. If Obama plans to address these issues, he's pretty much keeping it secret, points out world poverty expert Jeffrey Sachs. But without addressing them, can stepped-up American military involvement succeed? Or is it bound to fail?
(more at link)The poverty in Afghanistan is almost beyond imagining. Thirty Afghans die from TB... more
That there are a finite number of new ideas in Hollywood comes as no surprise. But I bet this next sentence will shock you because it contains both the name Misha Barton and the phrase, a good job acting. Here it comes. Wait for it.
Misha Barton did a good job acting. No, really.That there are a finite number of new ideas in Hollywood comes as no surprise. But I... more
If you think you're miserable or have an uncanny knack of looking miserable in photos, someone's put together a blog of some cheerfully challenged folk.
A quick scan might cheer you up and make you realise life's not so bad.
Hat tip to the Ridiculant for spotting this http://theridiculant.metro.co.uk/2009/06/happy-shiny-people.htmlIf you think you're miserable or have an uncanny knack of looking miserable in... more
Seems the shooter hated the Liberal movement so he shot up a bunch of innocent people at a church play, way to go douche bag.
FROM THE ARTICLE
The suspect in a fatal shooting at a Knoxville church Sunday was motivated by frustration over being unable to obtain a job and hatred for the liberal movement, police said Monday.
Authorities recovered a four-page letter in which the suspect, Jim Adkisson, described his feelings and motives, police said.
Adkisson, 58, of Powell, Tennessee, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the shootings at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
The gunman killed two adults and wounded seven others before being overpowered by congregants, authorities said.
The case is being investigated as a hate crime, police said. Seems the shooter hated the Liberal movement so he shot up a bunch of innocent... more
As a long suffering Seattle sports fan I have to say this gets me pumped for football this year!
Seattle Times Newspaper
This is the speech coach Mike Holmgren should give tonight when he addresses his players on the eve of the Seahawks' first day of practice:
"Welcome back, gentlemen. Let me say that starting today I want you to think of this season differently than any season in your career, whether it's Pop Warner, prep or the Pro Bowl.
"This isn't just another NFL season we're entering. It's a rescue mission.
"Have you men been paying attention to the sports scene in this town? Have you scanned the sports pages?
"I mean it's as arid as the Kalahari Desert, as desolate as the surface of the moon. Sea of Tranquillity? In this city, it's more like the Sea of Hostility.
"The sports fans here are as desperate for good news as the brokers on Wall Street. Seattle's sports stock has plummeted like Starbucks'.
"Ask Nate Burleson.
"He grew up here. He went to Mariners games. He saw Ken Griffey Jr. score from first on the double by Edgar Martinez that beat the Yankees.
"He saw the Sonics in their heyday. He cheered for Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. He watched that 1996 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. He felt the pain of that Game 6 loss. Treated it like a personal insult.
"Nate's a Seattle sports fan. He caught passes for O'Dea before he caught them for us. Look at your teammate. He's hurting right now, and it's up to us to ease his pain and the pain of the thousands of fans just like him.
"In case you've spent the entire summer in the weight room, let me remind you that the Sonics are gone, gentlemen. They left for Oklahoma City, where they have been renamed the Thunder.
"OK, hold down the laughter. Yeah, I know, 'What a rinky-dink nickname, right?' It belongs in the arena league or maybe team tennis. As a long suffering Seattle sports fan I have to say this gets me pumped for... more
Great headline, and the article explains why the mood of misery abouds in America today
"Ngeh", talks about misery in the village. In this song, Sky Nelson is asking the question: "Who started this thing called suffering?" "Ngeh" means suffer. He portrays the degree of misery in the village and begging for people to put their heads together and seek for solutions.
Tags: Cameroon Ndu Africa suffering misery African music solutions riot Yaounde hip-hop r&b unsigned "Ngeh", talks about misery in the village. In this song, Sky Nelson is... more