Thursday, January 7, 2010

Politique

Things have been a bit crazy with the political scene in Madagascar lately. The four main political groups have been in disagreement for some time and things have not returned to normal. International mediators have called for an election that restores democracy and power for the people. Their current leader seized power through a coup, is supported by the military and is resistant to the unity form of government that has been presented by others. You can read more here.

To top it all off I just read this morning that a cyclone is "probably" going to hit Madagascar on January 14th. Due to the current political climate, many foreign donors are wary to contribute aid. This is especially devastating to this country of extreme poverty as 5 cyclones have already struck over the past two years. I realize as I try to make sense of who is in power, what is going on and the work they face to come out of this political crisis that I know so little about world politics and events. There is so much to follow and so many things going on in the world that it sometimes seems overwhelming to keep up with any of it. I think it's important to start somewhere. Peace.

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