Friday, May 16, 2008

Beichuan: A Vision of Hell

I asked my children about what their thoughts were on the earthquake in Sichuan province. They had all heard about it but had no idea of the scope of the damage, injury and death.

Thinking of the most recent U.S. disasters, we lost 3000 in New York on 9/11 and we lost nearly 2000 in Hurricane Katrina. They became and will continue to be the topic of conversation for years. How would America react to an event as the Sichuan Chinese are currently experiencing?

It was only three+ years ago that 220,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake-caused Indian Ocean tsunami. It has been two weeks since the Burmese experience a have experienced devastating Cyclone Nargis, with a death toll nearing 80,000 and over 50,000 still missing. Nations the world over have experienced major disasters. To most, if it does not happen to you or your nation, you don't care. As long as the economic impact is not severe, no one really cares [sic]. I guess it comes down to the fact that the event is so remote, that there's nothing you can do anything about.

As I sit here in the comfort of my home office, I cannot get the thoughts of the mother and father who have lost a child, children who are now orphans, people who will be maimed for life, towns that will never get rebuilt, and people whose lives will never be the same.

The Sichuan town of Beichan is a snapshot of one area that will never be the same again. Pictures cannot tell the story of tragedy being experienced by these people.

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