… and they repeat what you've heard in the news. This is based on
reports from two sources.
Consistently, they tell me it's taking days, maybe a week, to get them
assigned. By all the reports the workers want to do a great job, but it's
their management who gets in the way.
"He says he's been amazed at the efficiency and efficacy of the medical
teams everywhere. That's not a problem…it's just getting the medical
people "out" of the parking lot! As they drove away there were 4-5 other
teams still waiting for assignments and they, too, had been there for
days. Maybe it's all part of some well master plan to always have 5 extra
teams…but with 20 folks in a team…that's 100 folks sitting around that
could be helping people!!"
Apparently, the message from the top is that it's okay to screw up, as
long as you don't rock the boat.
"He says it all works REALLY well once they get into the field and away
from George's appointees!
"The conditions are horrible, and getting worse. Experienced aid workers
say it's the worst they've ever seen. They say the smells and the scenes
are much worse than they've ever experienced at other international
tragedies like Cambodia, Rawanda, Ethiopia, and last year's Tsunami."
I'm getting some credit for the work others are doing with craigslist,
but that's misdirected. These guys are the real deal.
(Note to self: writing is hard; citizens' journalism is hard; brevity is
the soul of wit.)