Thursday, December 30, 2004
Indian Ocean Tsunami
The events in the Indian Ocean since Sunday have numbed the mind, shocked and horrified, and made one think about the most simple things in life that we enjoy, i.e. fresh water, sanitation, a roof over our heads, and a supply of food.
It is almost impossible to imagine the horrors that those thousands of poor souls are living through now, with the loss of loved ones, their homes, and the essential basics for suvival. The death toll marches on, and bodies continue to be discovered at an increasing rate as the more remote communities are reached, and soon, inevitably diseases such as cholera will break out to add to the trauma.
Remember, only a few days ago, millions of people (including tourists) were enjoying life on those idyllic beaches warmed by the sun, while we enjoyed our Christmas filling our stomachs and adding to our material wealth.
Oh how easily life can be snubbed out!
It is so humbling to think that should such a disaster occur say in the North Sea, mamy, many large cities would be at substantial risk, and the loss of life could be measured at over a million - Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesborough, Scarborough, Hull, Grimsby, Lowestoft, London, Calais, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stavanger.
Take a moment or two and think about it.......................................................
Now that you have thought about it, donate some money to the appeal NOW!
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