And the band played on -- day in and day out, humanitarian disasters are consuming Liberia and Congo...what can we do about it, besides learn more? I learned a lot from the Medecins Sans Frontieres website, especially the reports of Dr. Andrew Schechtmann, a volunteer who was interviewed on NPR this week also. Also see the UNHCR page. The United Methodist Church has an emergency response donation program, which also has many news links. In the meantime, Aidan Hartley's new book The Zanzibar Chest tells his story of covering years of civil war and genocide as a reporter in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Somalia, and as the son of a family of British colonial administrators in Africa.