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Zimbabwe…..signs of progress?

We have some great products in our store from Zimbabwe, and feel like we have a closer-than-average connection to that country through interactions with some of our favorite wholesaler/importers. It’s been particularly painful to watch as the country lurches between forward and backward steps as it makes it’s way (hopefully) towards democracy and an end to violence.

There was an interesting news item from the BBC today; they’ve been allowed back in Zimbabwe, after an absence of 8 years.

Maybe this is a sign of positive days ahead?

July 29, 2009 at 23:02 Leave a comment

Latest stats for Burma

I like to catch up with the news on the BBC’s website. No news agency is without some form of agenda, or without biase, but I do think that the BBC gives as good as an account of things as any.

So here’s the latest stats:

The following are the most up-to-date statistics provided by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

Dead: 77,738; Missing: 55,917

Displaced: 150,000 people, in about 120 temporary settlements

Affected persons: 2.4 million people, of whom 1.4 million are in severely affected areas requiring priority assistance.

It’s just mind boggling. I started reading the articles because I wanted to have some up to date info for anyone supporting our fund raiser on Monday. I ended up feeling just wholly inadequate.  

And here’s a link to some of the blogs coming out from Burma.

May 24, 2008 at 21:46 Leave a comment

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