Wednesday, August 13, 2008

An International, First-Hand Perspective

Global Voices Online "is an international, volunteer-led project that collects, summarizes, and gives context to some of the best self-published content found on blogs, podcasts, photo sharing sites, and videoblogs from around the world, with a particular emphasis on countries outside of Europe and North America." Want to find out what bloggers who write in a language you can't read are saying? This is a great place to start. For example, here's an entry on pepsikolka's livejournal in which she talks about the bombing of Poti. And here's the translation.
Around midnight I heard some roaring, ran up to the window and saw shaft of fire, explosions at the port and heard a deafening noise. I didn't even have the time to get scared, I just knew that if a cistern with oil at the terminal gets hit, there'll be fire and an explosion, so I grabbed the phone, called Tengo, Vika answered, screaming - Samira, the port is being bombed. Mama with Alina and our niece were running aimlessly around the apartment, the explosions continued, and we ran downstairs. There were people in the street, they were crying and everyone looked terribly alarmed.
It's a confusing conflict (there's been a lot of he said-she said), and in seeking some perspective, I've found it helpful and/or interesting to browse entries by country, and check out not only the first-hand accounts, but also the comments in various threads -- there are some lively discussions taking place (at the same time, though, some of the comments can be just heartbreaking).

1 comment:

BAJ said...

Enjoy your posts, but can barely read the parts with the very dark background, worse luck.