RE: Monster fireball lights up the night sky after Atomic Junction petrol station explodes

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Many have so much wealth that they've never been in need. For such people poverty and squalor are beneath them. Those in that bracket, are fit only to run their errands and keep their gardens. Even there, they are not cherished for keeping the grass green until they are gone and the grass begins to wither.

For us as Ghanaians and Black Africans, it is a 'taboo' to glory over even your enemy's  misfortunes. I believe that's the reason why when people die, we don't focus on their terrible human attributes but turn to the bright side, just so the ultimate Judge may look with favour upon their failing souls.

I received a link from a great friend in the United Kingdom with the headline 'ATOMIC JUNCTION FIRE ATTRACTS "AND SO WHAT" TYPE OF  COMMENTS ON DAILY MAIL FACEBOOK PAGE'. I took the trouble to go through the comments, those from elsewhere, coupled with those from some Ghanaians, obviously depressed about the commentary.

For one of the commentators, it's even historic that the fuel station at Atomic Junction (in Ghana) had fuel. It tells you who these hombres are. Unexposed chauvinists who are entitled to everything but empathy, displaying their worst nature, even in the face of bad news. They have issues with why bad news in Africa must be served on their stables.

That same rich man, who complains about the grass losing its greenery doesn't want to know how the grass keeper, wakes up every morning or gets water to keep it green. All he wants is that the grass must stay green.

A roommate from Legon first shared videos of the blazing flames of the Atomic filling station at 10 pm on Saturday night. The video of the ferocious flames was accompanied by "Gas explosion at Atomic Junction-Legon".

My response was "wow"! He said "yes oo". I asked whether he was in the area so I could get my colleagues in the media to speak to him. But he answered in the negative, indicating that a friend had sent it to him. But my initial contact told me the team was on the ground and was lacing up. I must commend the media houses that got it right because, any human being who saw that video on social media, would be needing updates as to how the fire was being controlled; the response from the emergency services; as well as how the possible casualties were faring. That's what human beings do. 

It doesn't matter who is involved - what is important is that human lives are at stake and so if you won't empathise because you feel shielded from any such misfortune, you can sympathise with the 'poor' souls who may either perish, be hurt or worse still, lose their entire investment. Whoever endures such misfortune deserves our prayers.

I received the video in the midst of other Africans and everyone wanted to know what the cause of the fire was. Is the fire service there? Oh! this would be a big blow. We talked about how similar fires in the past claimed lives and properties and subsequently, grieved over the African malaise. That's what humans do.

The first set of comments on the link I received was full of cynicism. 'Who the f##k cares?', 'hope you are ok, Peter?', 'so fooking what', 'eh who cares', 'why should we care' and 'Muslim bomb it