Myanmar and China - help your fellow men
posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:18 AM
(from my blog: http://woje.tumblr.com/)
A tragedy is a tragedy no matter its proportions. Famine, diseases, accidents, wars, they all take away lives that were still blossoming and bring pain to those parents, children, friends and loved ones that stay alive and have to face the loss of their fellow men and women as well as the possibility to be leaving this world soon themselves because of the aggravated physical and emotional conditions.
A tragedy is a tragedy no matter what, but some tragedies are bigger than others in their need for relief. When a person you know and care about dies, you provide relief by going to his/her funeral, being close to his/her family and so on. When a homeless guy is asking for some money on the street, you might give him/her some change so that he/she can eat a sandwich. We all help people, to various extents, by doing something when we feel that life has taken away what they deserve the most: happiness, peace or simply food and a roof to sleep under.
In Myanmar the number of people who either died or are missing because of the recent cyclone is 133000. In China, due to last week’s earthquake, 41353 died and another 32666 are reported missing. The total number of people affected by these natural disasters is more than 6 times the number of people that live in my hometown. I can’t even imagine losing my hometown and all the people that live in it… let alone picturing 6 of my hometowns gone from the face of the Earth, destructed and without a human soul living in them anymore.
More than 200000 people affected by these disasters makes it an incredibly large number of people in need of relief, starting from basic survival needs like food and water to even more basic needs like finding the people who are missing. The need for relief is so big in both cases that any help from other countries is a fundamental component, without which the death toll could get even worse and the recovery might take even longer than forecasted (many many months already). Those people are not any different from the homeless guy on the street or the family that just lost a young son because of a car accident, or a friend of yours whose father has cancer. Those people are feeling just the same. And, guess what, you can provide them with relief just as you do with others that are close to you in your life.
You can do a lot big giving a little to those people who really need all the help they can get. Help Myanmar, help China, and let others know as well that helping your fellow men is what the world needs right now.