daylight saving time in the rubble of Grozny
eggert at twinsun.com
Wed Feb 7 09:23:57 UTC 2001
John Daniszewski's story "Scavengers in the Rubble" in today's Los
Angeles Times reports the following about Grozny, the capital of Chechnya:
There is no electricity, running water or garbage collection.
Other commonplaces of modern life, such as telephones, anesthetics
and television, are almost nonexistent. News--often false--is
spread by word of mouth. A rumor that it was time to move the
clocks back put this whole city out of sync with the rest of Russia
for two weeks--even soldiers stationed here began enforcing curfew
at the wrong time.
Warning: Daniszewski's story is strong stuff. The quote above is one
of the rare cheerful moments in it. The 100,000 citizens of Grozny
have a terrible existence. I could not finish his story with dry eyes.
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