Mood: don't ask
Topic: "Atlanta Times Three"
Frodo has longed to some day walk the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia, and to perhaps shake hands with someone, anyone, named Leakey. The discovery of so many fragments of the first hominids in that now arid land has fascinated Frodo from his earliest days. The scientific discipline of the Leakey family, and their devotion to the preservation of life in that region is something with which Frodo would be proud to associate.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has reported the deaths of 30 people in the "Horn of Africa" nations of Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Ethiopia due to famine. Frodo should amend that statement to include the words "so far," because the same organization is predicting that as many as ELEVEN MILLION people will die from starvation. Severe drought and war in the midst of the regional dry season already underway, and the rains forecast for March and April are not expected to be significant. Food, water, livestock, and seeds are critical needs to avoid what would be the worst preventable loss of life in the entire history of creatures who walk upright.
Frodo found the one paragraph article on Page 8 of the Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.
In the place that human life first appeared, humanity is absent. Is it because all of these people are black? Is it because they are all poor? Is it because they are not members of our church? Is it because they have nothing to offer to our political party? Is it because it is happening again?
What happened to Michael Jackson and all those artists who sang "We Are the World?"
Why, you wonder, does one see "Osama bin Laden" on Tee Shirts and Baseball Caps in East Africa?
Frodo fears that his dream of walking the Great Rift Valley will never come to pass. Mount Doom is all too real, and apparently of little interest. Page 8, page 8, right before the obituaries.