So over the past few days meetings and gatherings have come and gone peacefully here in Madagascar. For volunteers this is great news as our consolidation passes the two week mark. Today the American Ambassador in Madagascar said that negotiations between the two sides are looking optimistic. We all continue to hope for the best and that the crisis resolves itself in the best possible way for the Malagasy people.
Note to foreign newspapers: The proper term (demonym) for referring to the people of Madagascar is Malagasy. Many articles incorrectly refer to the Malagasy people as Madagascans.
Also, BBC’s article “Madagascar crowds brave cyclone” is a little exaggerated. The rain in Antananarivo was little more than a strong mist with virtually no wind.