As we have attended the Security Council, we would like to report on the statements given and the progress that was made.
The statement of the honourable delegate of the United States was short and crisp: “We want to help – but for us it’s America first!” He made this point quite unmistakeable but also said furthermore in his speech that we need to wait and see how the situation will evolve before any promises can be made. After the honourable delegate of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island said that they feel comfortable about dealing with the situation by themselves though, the delegate of the United States seemed to be offended that their help was not required – instead of accepting the fact that Great Britain is not the only affected country and most definitely not the one who needs help the most.
The honourable delegate of the Maldives was speaking from experience: “The Tsunami (…) shows us that we should take actions now to react to the climate change. We faced the same problem in 2004 as a tsunami hit the Southern Asian region. We do think that it’s time to act appropriately to prevent the bad consequences of climate change.”
Furthermore, we have a statement of the honourable delegate of Senegal which is one of the most affected countries. All our thoughts are with the victims.
“I am deeply sorry and speaking on behalf of the whole Senegalese government as we all have family in the coastal areas which host most of our population. We do not know how the situation is exactly yet, we currently wait for information. Our military is doing the best they can (…), however we have never been hit like this before. I wish to express my condolences to everyone that might have lost family members. I myself have lost most likely my whole family as they were living in the affected area (…). I want to remind the international community that we not only have a humanitarian crisis but also foreign capital drowned. Literally drowned as our infrastructure production facilities have been disabled by the floods but we also have cultural heritage potentially lost forever. The African Venetia has been drowned completely, and we urge the international community to see the importance of stability in Senegal as we are currently the only democratic stable state in western Africa. The stability of the whole region might depend on the stability of Senegal.”
Allies were made and help was sent. We are left to hope that the chaos will be cleared soon and that the world sticks together in such a hard time.
The New York Times