Stories about Disaster from October, 2007
Ukraine, Belarus: Helping Chernobyl Children
In a comment to MoldovAnn‘s recent post about Chernobyl aid organizations, executive director of one such charity mentions new approaches to rehabilitation of children affected by the 1986 catastrophe. The charity – Chernobyl Children's Project International – has a blog, too, and one of the stories there is about a...
Ukraine: “Strokes Against Hopelessness”
Scenes from the Sidewalk posts some pictures and writes about a charity tennis tournament that took place in Kyiv last weekend.
Macedonia: Toše Proeski
Illyrian Gazette reports that Macedonia is mourning Toše Proeski, one of the most popular singers throughout the ex-Yugoslav states, who was killed in a car accident in Croatia.
Ukraine: Tragedy in Dnipropetrovsk
On Oct. 13, a gas explosion destroyed much of a 10-story apartment building in Dnipropetrovsk, killing at least 23 people (including seven children). LJ user didaio (Denis Davydov) has been at the site of the tragedy, blogging about it ever since it occurred.
Haiti: Quelling the Floods
Haiti Innovation thinks that some of the severe flooding that is plaguing the island can be reduced in the long-term through reforestation efforts.
Bulgaria: More on “Abandoned Children”
Warehouses of Neglect writes on the fate of Bulgaria's “abandoned children” – here and here.
Ukraine: Is Victimhood Profitable?
MoldovAnn takes a critical look at programs for “the so-called ‘children of Chornobyl'” and other Chernobyl-related aid efforts: “I do believe aid organizations want to help people have better lives. But when I hear them talking about ‘we’re going to support this community because it’s not too far from Kyiv...
Haiti: Celebrity Philanthropy
In light of the attention being given to former Playboy Playmate Susie Scott Krabacher's philanthropic work, Haiti Innovation writes, “Haiti needs all the friends it can get…at the same time, though, I am frustrated that the need for such celebrity philanthropy exists.”
Poland, Iraq: Attack on the Ambassador
“Poles are a target in Iraq because they are part of the occupation,” writes the beatroot in a post about last week's attack on the Polish Ambassador in Baghdad.
China: Freak rain floods Hangzhou
Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province is home to the Qiantang River, which each year plays host to the world's largest tidal bore; large enough that it occasionally washes bore-watchers away when it comes. This year's bore has come and gone, but the biggest water story in Hangzhou this season...
Bulgaria: Abandoned Children
Wanabehuman writes about a documentary on Bulgaria's abandoned children.
Russia, UK: RIP, Dainton Connell
Russia Blog writes about the death of the Pet Shop Boys’ manager Dainton Connell in a car crash in Moscow on Oct. 5.
Ukraine: Blogger to Read on Chernobyl on BBC
MoldovAnn will be on BBC Radio tomorrow, reading from one of her posts on a trip to the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone.
DRC: Kinshasa Plane Crash “Will Not Be the Last”
Dozens died last week when a plane crashed in Kimbanseke, a poor and densely populated neighborhood in Kinshasa. Du Cabiau à Kinshasa thinks the accident was all but inevitable.
Lebanon: Fires across the country
Lebanese news services are reporting the ignition of numerous brush fires across the country, causing residents in some areas to flee. Blacksmiths of Lebanon posts updates and photos.