Originally posted by Painterz
Thank you Mods, I'd hate to see another thread derailed about a topic that has already been thrashed to death elsewhere.
And back on topic, I wonder why we haven't seen much footage of these volcanoes, I assume the region is very very remote and difficult for news teams
to get into? Particularly for something as generally 'common' as a volcanic eruption?
As I did explain before; there are a few reasons why Main Stream Media (MSM) are absent.
This North African region could just as well be on the moon. If one starts off from say London to go to say Shimbiris in Somaliland; you need a visa.
There are no visa services anywhere else in the world except Djibouti and Addis Ababa. Thus you will need to fly to either of the two cities. On
top of that, even if you have a visa you anyway have to fly the same route. On arrival you have to apply for the visa, then they will need to
correspond via main pouch with Hargeisa. Usually one day flight in, next day to process; offices are closed Thursday and Friday, Saturday and Sunday
is half holiday too. Thus, next working day after processing visa, it is taken back to wherever you are on next flight. Day after that - again if it
is not Thursday or Friday - you can go to get your visa. Off course it all depends on the responsible people - at least 7 of them are all in office
waiting for your form. Generally you will wait between 5 and 9 days for your visa. Now, that is Somaliland.
As for Eritrea; you better hope they have a consul in your own country. Notoriously Eritrea can take 14 days up to 30 days to have first refusal,
then another 14 days (and extra payments) to eventually get a visa. Problem for Eritrea, any visa only allows you passing through the airport into
city of Asmera. If you want to travel anywhere else you need to get a special travel permit; one which has a typical processing time of about 4
working days. A permit to buy extra fuel in tanks, a permit to rent a guide, a permit to carry a camera. permits, permits, permits. . .
If you are a day dreamer you would think your trouble is over now; big mistake. Now you have to find transport. Unless you know lots of people or
have a big bag of cash - it will be very difficult. Once you overcame that; you need to find fuel and a group of guides who are willing to go outside
of the city - not easy. THEN only can you start planning your trip. Now you have to get food, water and first aid.
Generally you NEVER travel in this regions with one vehicle - that is stupid compared to driving bicycle with no reflectors in middle of German
Autobahn around midnight. At least two vehicles, usually three and at least 5 able people.
Now you are ready? Not yet, you still need to get armed protection; this remote areas are full of armed bandits who loves to grab foreigners and
Early morning Breakfast and shower at the local hotel - in this case Somaliland. The other 'bundles' you see all over are the late sleepers. Oh -
we are sleeping on the side of the highway of the remote countryside - River Bed. Somebody always have to stay awake, watching and listening because
flash floods are a well known risk. But then - this is the only soft beds you can get around there. The tent was my only real luxury, Hassan
thought I gave him a part of heaven when I left.
2) Local people:
Ok, so why don't you see pictures taken by local people?
They are very fearful and superstitious people; can make war, can fight and can make love - but with nature they do not play games. You would find it
very difficult to get people going near such a natural force. The other issue is with camera's. Many of this folk in country side still believe a
camera takes your soul - they just do not have many cameras. Oh and communications - THAT is a nightmare in this region where the millennia telegraph
is more effective. You will know the news long before anybody can travel that distance; but you can't get photos and videos.
As for local people - The third biggest city in Eritrea is Assab near Nabro; about 25,000 people. Assab is about 190 km by road from Nabro - I would
estimate travel time about two days.
Money for camera's use of computers - well this area of the world has them - in the main cities only. Not in the country side. For a normal citizen
of Somaliland to travel to Shimbiris will cost the equivalent of two to four months of income; just very basic travel. That they can't afford because
not only the expense but also the aspect of being away from making income during that time.
3) News Worthy:
Should this area really have a major volcanic eruption and it destroys say the unlikely 25 km radius in seconds; the total number of deaths would
unlikely exceed 20,000. So, who would even care about a volcano that is just blowing smoke? Or a mere crack on the surface of the Earth. News media
needs to have content that can impress their followers; not something relatively low on the visual WOW scale.
If anybody read this whole post, you need my personal medalion for 'Tenacity' or reward for 'Curiosity' Let me know
edit on 18/6/2011 by Aromaz because: (no reason given)