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Woke up thinking about continental tragedy, both the recent EA crash and the present horrors of the aftermath of #CycloneIdai. @ethiopienne said the things that needed saying.
Idai is being described as one of the continent’s worst ever tropical cyclones, and one of the worst to hit the Southern Hemisphere as a whole. Yet the casualties, the sufferers are poor and African.... (here she invokes @hystericalblkns)
I’ve seen commentary about relief failings being chalked up to political infrastructural problems, never mind this is a completely unprecedented storm (and disaster) created and exacerbated by climate change
It is somehow Africans’ fault that 80% of Beira was completely destroyed. The death toll in Moz is over 400 per the Land and Environment Minister, 700 across the affected countries (Moz, Zim, Malawi).
My mum texted me my uncle was frustrated with how western agencies covered Zim relief efforts. People have been resource-sharing, working together to send supplies to the east; media is insistent on making Zim a cautionary tale, no investment in highlighting community mutual aid
Natural hazards aren’t necessarily disasters even if widely destructive: disasters are produced through negligence, manmade vulnerability and susceptibility to harm, deprivation of relief resources, etc.

Africa, though, is both hazard and disaster.
I’m not sure how to plug into local work, but here are some IOs working in Moz (the central part of the country was hit especially hard) Zimbabwe, and Malawi already; there are concerns about sanitation-related illnesses, continued rescue efforts, etc
I’m hesitant to show images of people because reasons, but these photos of flooding in Beira are heartbreaking. People are still searching for loved ones and needing rescue; health workers are increasingly dealing with cases of cholera, typhoid, malaria
In Chimanimani, a part of eastern Zim that was worst hit, people are searching for missing family:

“Even death is better so that I can bury them nicely. My heart is burning and my eyes are full of tears of anguish. I am crying blood, not tears.”

My heart hurts.
“...this is the irony of the climate crisis, that it affects those who did not do anything to create it, and it affects those the most. So the poorest and the most vulnerable people on the planet are going to be affected the most.” - @diptimoz

“In a country with massive unemployment, an insane economy which effectively has a double currency, and where political violence has been the order of the day for months, people came together. In droves. To give.”

Beautiful words about communalism 🇿🇼❤️
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