Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Too numb to blog

Has anyone seen the manifest for the aeroplane that crashed in Nigeria on Sunday? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

It was like deja vu, Sunday morning leaving church, phone vibrates. Plane crash in Nigeria, Sultan of Sokoto feared among the victims. Run home and switch on the television, BEN TV (the so-called Nigerian network) showing some cash madam's birthday party in some church hall in London. BBC News 24 and Sky News only talking about the two children found dead in Corfu and then the twenty people killed in Iraq that day. Absurd as it sounds I begin to compare body counts. My disaster is bigger than yours- 104 bodies versus 20 something versus......I know I know don't blame me just so frustrated especially as I can't seem to get through to my folks in Naija. Finally get through and they have only just heard....Finally catch something on CNN. Only the next day do I begin to realize that people I know have been on that flight. Been in a state of shock ever since. Trawling the Naija blogs today, there's a welter of opinions. I am numb. What does it take I ask you, what does it take for my people to say thus far and no more?

In another month or so it will back to business as usual....until the next time?

I feel so helpless, so numb

7 comments:

ayoke said...

Take heart, bro. The manifest is saddening. It seems everyone was touched. My sister's O&G doctor, Dr. Ola, was there. He was invaluable in the delivery of her two children.

It's just so sad. What is infuriating is Borishade's attitude to the whole thing. I try not to think about the crash because it's just so depressing and it makes one re-think one's citizenship. I know crashes happen everywhere but it's the response of those in authority in Nigeria that leaves me in awe about how unfeeling people can be.

Chxta said...

http://www.petitiononline.com/borisha/

Pilgrimage to Self said...

To see the manifest go here:

http://allafrica.com/stories/200610300549.html?page=2

Sorry about your loss.

Everchange said...

I'm sorry for your loss. It really is saddening.

Talatu-Carmen said...

Many sympathies on your loss. I knew people too. I do the "my body count is bigger than yours, so why do you have more news coverage? thing" too.

As the days passed, I felt like I should stay silent and sober in respect for the dead, and then I found myself going on with life as normal, and it felt wrong. But what can we do, when death is so frequent and so near?

Aba Boy said...

BEN TV...The less said the better. Sorry about your loss. Stay strong...

uknaija said...

Thanks, everyone