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October 27, 2004

Flooding in Haiti

Writing about web page http://society.guardian.co.uk/societyguardian/story/0,,1314531,00.html

'*Squalid excuses *Deforestation has left Haiti vulnerable to natural disaster. But it is the failure to address the grinding poverty of local farmers rather than their own greed that is the real culprit, says Charles Arthur' Wednesday September 29, 2004 The Guardian

This article stresses the historical and present economic and political situation in Haiti that has led to the situation today, where it is vulnerable to severe flooding due to deforestation. The author points blame for the thousands of deaths in Haitian floods not just on their government, but also on International organiastions, namely the World Bank and the IMF.


my media diary

I am going to keep a media diary on natural disasters in Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs). This is a very interesting topic because natural disasters, while occuring all around the world, have hugely different effects on the communities they strike, depending largely on wealth and development. What seems so obviously natural is in fact largely political, to the point that famines can be argued to be solely political occurences and therefore utterly avoidable. In my media diary I aim to look at the way natural disasters in LEDCs are reported in the media and discuss how biased they are.

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