It does not matter how hard I try, I cannot pronounce New Orleans as the Americans do, that is as one word, let alone get the accent right.
I was wondering how things are going there, specifically the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina. I have heard a couple of news reports and I just did some hunting on the net, and it would seem things are not going so well, well not for the poor and the black.
We know what a disaster the hurricane was for New Orleans. We know what a disaster were the efforts of the US authorities to alleviate peoples suffering let alone protect them. We also heard many stories of personal bravery. We know that, like our own country, there was insufficient money being spent on infrastructure and still is.
But for all the self criticism we heard from the authorities, it seems not a great deal has changed. If you are white and financially comfortable, you are probably doing quite well back in New Orleans. If you are poor and black, or either, you may not even be back in New Orleans, or if you are, you ain't got much at all honey child.
That the richest country in the world could have allowed its citizens to die and suffer so badly is puzzling to me. That so many still suffer in spite of the soothing words from authorities is a disgrace.