Christine Bleakley's Uganda Diary: Day two - African journey
In January I travelled to Uganda with Comic Relief to report on the work that needs to be done to improve the lives of the people there. This is the second installment from my diary.
Watch all of the films I made for Comic Relief here.
Tuesday 6th Jan 2009
It is now Tuesday. We've been travelling for what seems like days. I'm sitting on an internal flight to Entebbe reading a Nairobi newspaper called The Daily Nation. The front page headline reads "Make Muthaura work under Raila". It discusses the Orange Democratic movement demanding fresh negotiations of the coalition agreement with PNU. A worthy discussion I'm sure in these turbulent political times.
What has shocked me though is the small and somewhat insignificant paragraph at the bottom of the page headlined: "2 million risk starvation as drought bites". It briefly explains how two million Kenyans face imminent starvation following crop failures in parts of Eastern and Rift Valley.
The story continues with a further small paragraph on page 6. Can you imagine if that was happening in Britain? Does a society become so familiar with such disasters that they become blasé? More column inches would be dedicated to what Cheryl Cole was wearing at the Brit Awards.