Life Be Very Entertained
posted by August 28 at 15:03 PMon
If you are in the West, the fear you have of the bird flu is nothing more than a thrill, a form of entertainment, something to make your life exciting. If you are in the Rest, in the poor countries of Asia and Africa, your fear is real. It is you, and you alone, who will suffer and die in untold numbers when this sickness hits the air.
Even if there is no human pandemic, bird flu threatens to have a devastating affect on the livelihoods of millions of people in Asia and Africa who depend heavily on poultry both for income and food.
Deaths and mass culls have already badly hit rural communities in southeast Asia. In many countries the government says it cannot afford to fully compensate people for destroyed birds.
Aid agencies say inadequate compensation will not only tip millions into extreme poverty but will help spread avian flu by discouraging people from reporting the disease.
“People fear reporting sick birds because their flocks will be destroyed and they may not be compensated for their losses. So instead, they hide the sick birds or sell them and that, in turn, contributes to the transmission of avian flu to new areas.” said Sanjay Sinho, CARE International’s health programme director.
The bird flu will not strike down any ole person, in any ole place but directly those who barely survive at the bottom of the global economy.