UN Criticizes Inadequate US Response to Katrina

18 01 2008

As many of our government officials, and much of the country, continue to ignore the plight and struggle of Hurricane Katrina survivors, UN officials are seeking to frame the inadequacy of the federal response to the catastrophe as a human rights imperative.

A United Nations official who has toured parts of Louisiana and Mississippi devastated by Hurricane Katrina says the thousands of victims of the storm resemble poor people displaced by natural disasters in other parts of the world.

“Whether you’re displaced in a rich country or a poor country, what remains the same is you need to get the help, the assistance of the authorities, of the communities, to be able to restart a normal life, and the people I have met are not there yet,” said Walter Kalin, the UN secretary general’s representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

Read the rest of the AP article here.

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