International Media, we are disappointed

November 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm 4 comments


Collapsed main road in northern St. Lucia

The lack of international coverage of Hurricane Tomas and its effect on the Caribbean has left people (who really know what’s going on) feeling left out and furious.

From making mistakes in reports to simply ignoring the event altogether, North American media in particular has been neglectful in their coverage of Hurricane Tomas.

The BBC on the other hand has written a good piece about it, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11672819 and is following the path of Tomas (now a tropical storm) as it heads toward Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. Although it is focusing solely on Haiti (perhaps because the news of a storm headed to an island already suffering sounds more tragic) at least it gave some in-depth coverage to the islands already hit by it, such as St. Lucia. This may be because a St. Lucian student based in Florida wrote to the BBC (among other media corporations) asking for attention to be drawn to the crisis in her homeland. While this is an inspiring story of patriotism and personal determination, it shouldn’t have had to have taken her efforts to spur international media into action. They should have already been aware of what was going on and should have been giving it ample air time and print space.

I know more about St. Lucia at the moment than other islands, as that is where my family is based. As it stands right now, parts of the island are still without power and the entire island is without running water as the main dam is polluted and blocked. The main road which runs across the island has collapsed in at least two areas, and many other municipal roads have disappeared altogether. People have lost their roofs and some have lost entire homes. 14 deaths have been reported.

The St. Lucia Red Cross is working to help those in need. For people outside of St. Lucia who would like to donate, see the information below (from the St. Lucia Star newspaper’s website).

Persons outside of St Lucia wishing to make donations can remit funds through

Bank of America, New York, N Y, 10048-1191 Swift Code: BOFAUS3N

Chips member ID: 015035

ABA Number 026009593

I am trying to get media coverage happening here in Ontario with articles I’m writing. While this certainly isn’t the world’s biggest disaster, it is still significant and the world needs to know about it. The Caribbean is a region often thought of only as a tropical paradise. Newsflash people, paradise ain’t perfect. Nature is in charge. Wake up and be aware!

See aerial footage of St. Lucia here: http://www.htsstlucia.com/HTS_News_Video5.html

*Photo courtesy of Erik M. Simmons

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christine Morrison  |  November 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Very well written piece Sarah. xxxx

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    • 2. sarahmunn  |  November 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Dennis  |  November 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Very good Sarah!

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  • 4. Henry Norman  |  November 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Sarah,

    I understand your frustration. Remember supertyphoon Sudal, that hit Yap 2004-04-12? The Micronesian Seminar (the Jesuits) had a small piece on their site, otherwise virtual silence (maybe because typhoon Paka had ravaged “US territory” Guam not long before Sudal hit Yap?).

    I’ve but your blog out for my Facebook friends to see.

    Keep up the writing, girl! You’re good!

    Henry

    PS. Pretty soon (December 13) we’re celebrating Santa Lucia in Sweden!

    Reply

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