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Beyond belief

OK, my moratorium on accountability is over.

Spanish member of Parliament Lourdes Muñoz Santamaria, stranded at the New Orleans Convention Center, describes a hellish scene of thousands without food, water or medical care, with dead bodies lying around, with no one in charge and no one providing security.

“It’s everyone for himself. The police and army pass by the center, but here no one is organizing anything,” she said.

“There’s no food or water, the people are becoming dehydrated.

“It’s been more than 24 hours without any help. There’s been looting at the shopping center next door and there’s been a lot of violence,” she said.

“There are people injured because last night (Wednesday) there were stampedes in the dark because the people were waiting for buses and only five came.”

I can understand many of the delays in rescue caused by the terrible post-hurricane conditions. But directing thousands of people to a location with no provisions, no one in charge and no security? Unbelievable.

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