fight it hand in hand
Ayubowan. I’m back after a long break, hoping that all of
you have the strength and courage to move forward in the aftermath
of the tragedy that took place over the Christmas weekend. My heartfelt
condolences are extended to those who were victims of this disaster.
Two weeks to the day the coastline experienced this nature’s
unexpected, unwelcome, destructive visitor, tsunamis take up the
bulk of our thoughts in one way or the other.
deceptive force of nature has never been clearer. Those hit by the
tsunamis probably never knew what it was – and by the time
they realised its enormity, it was, in most cases, too late. They
say this is the first time that Sri Lanka is experiencing it in
living memory and for many their happy memories and reasons for
living were washed away with the receding tidal waves.
tsunamis left in its wake, destruction, despair, and helplessness
– one cannot even begin to imagine the plight of the millions
who are homeless and the hundreds of orphaned children. The selflessness
expressed by many private citizens is amazing – this national
catastrophe seems to have finally opened the eyes of many to the
fickle nature of life. Hours were initially spent glued to the TV,
disbelieving the horror unfolding in front of their eyes. Then the
shock set in when many finally realised how many of those they knew,
loved and cared about were probably there on that day.
desperation has now set in for those who survived but lost everything
else. For those who lost their loved ones, nothing we say or do
can take away the horror of it. What remains is for us to hope that
they will come through this. Along with our donations of food, water,
money, medicine and clothes, we must not forget that they need our
help to get back on their feet. They need our loving concern and
patient assistance more than anything else. Since not much thought
has been given to the psychological impact that the whole nation
experienced as a result of this incident, the after effects are
sure to be felt far down the line in the future in the least unexpected
the two weeks since the disaster, some people have really surprised
me with displays of their hidden sensitive natures (like John even
though it did kick in kinda late, delayed reaction as always, I
guess but he did make up for it with his dedication afterwards).
I guess we should be glad that there are many who are human and
humane. And yet, there are those “human vultures” who
continue to take advantage by exploiting this tragedy. Unconfirmed
reports abound of child abuse, rape and “treasure hunting”
from the dead – it comes to a point where nothing surprises
you anymore. The saving grace that we as a nation have, is that
the majority who care, far outweigh the minority who don’t.
small request: if you have any queries about how you can help the
survivors in a more sustained effort towards rebuilding the nation
and where to channel your donations of time, money, energy and kind,
please drop a note to email@example.com