Monday, April 21, 2008
My whole town is being robo-coped, as it has been adequately named. EVERYTHNING is being fronted in this hideous silver and rarely gold, metallic looking paneling – every store business and building – it is not optional and I am told the stor owners have to pay for – that is not optional either – We are having an entire town “beautification” projects right now – all front streets are being renovated – new side walks, painting, lots of new monuments, ect. And then the robo coping of course – however, none of it extends off the main roads at all – For example – the preschool that I rant about –missing windows, holes in the floor, leaking roof, IDPs living in it, smells like piss ecause the plumbing does not work – is DIRECTLY behind the main renovation area on main street – It is just hidden by a line of trees and one of the fron buildings that did get renovated. And I hear, but am not certain that our main road – Nizaim street named after the famous poet from this region is being remained into Heydar Aliyeve St. – but I think they might be right because his statue just got taken down and is being moved to the outskirts of town. It is all aesthetic – I mean come on who needs real infrastructure - As I was sitting in the dark last night I started wondering – about the people and the mentality – here we are with no electricity because it is windy – No one does anything about it – yet the entire town is being renovated – Why do the people not see this as a serious issue, a failure of their government? – Denial, fear of speaking out, acceptance, lack of understand of the issues, lack of ability to think independently, cultural, (appearances are more important than anything else) – what? Why do they not look around like me and feel outraged? I have heard very intelligent people here state proudly that their president is a great one who cares about the people – But then you do talk to people who will say there is something wrong – and others who – in absolute privacy of course, will outright say the government and president are horrible and don’t care.