Monday, January 09, 2006
Henry J. Toe, a Liberian at the Oru-Ijebu Refugee Camp in Ogun State,Nigeria, stays in a room on the camp with his wife, his daughter and son-in-law as well as his grand children. The occupants of the room are eight in number. I was invited into the shack to see what it looked like. The floor was earthen, the walls were bare planks and there was no insulation against the elements. He lost a grandchild to pneumonia as a result of this. In his hands, he holds his staple diet, snails gathered by a small stream that passes through the camp. His primary concern is feeding, as the authorities are spasmodic at best in this regard. "Think twice...", Phil Collins sang, "...It's just another day for you and me in paradise"