Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Tragedy.

I can't NOT talk about the tsunami that has wiped out tens of thousands of people in Asia.

I thought it was bad enough last night, when they reported that 22,000 were dead. But every time I get online today, I find that the death toll keeps rising--by the THOUSANDS. Right now, they say that 53,000 people have died, but I know that that number, sadly, will keep climbing.

Frankly, although this historic event is heartbreaking, my mind is having such a hard time grasping the enormity of this that it almost doesn't even seem REAL, you know? It's almost like watching a movie unfold--you can sit back and watch the tragedy, but you keep an objective distance from it. I know that sounds cold, but I don't know how else to put it.

We, as a nation and as a WORLD, are going to feel the effects of this for months and years to come. I think I read that the U.S. is pledging $35 million in aid-and that's only about a portion of what these countries are going to need to rebuild.

53,000. Seriously, I can't even wrap my mind around that. I read a couple of news stories on Yahoo yesterday evening that actually posted pictures of the dead, including children. I didn't sleep very well last night, I can tell you that much.

I'm just...flabbergasted. Yet here I am, going about my daily routine, cooking dinner and reading and playing Ms. PacMan. I feel selfish and self-absorbed....but in a disaster of this magnitude, I don't know what else I CAN do.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean- What Can You Do. And then you feel like crap because there really is nothing you can do. I checked on Yahoo at 4:15 and the toll is now 59,000. That is so sad. Melissa

Jen said...

And NOW, experts say that "the death toll could double due to the risk of disease -- diseases that come with the lack of clean water and sanitation."

Renee said...

Jen, your words couldn't match my feelings better! It's unFATHOMable and it makes my stomach turn. And I just read, too, about the death toll doubling due to disease... I'm glad you put into words what I (and I'm sure many other people) am feeling, cuz I can't. I'm just speechless over the whole thing. It's horrible. I don't want to see pictures of it cuz I'm too affected by stuff like that-- I won't be able to sleep either, and I'll think about it constantly. But I keep picturing in my head how utterly TERRIFYING it must be, and... I don't know. To have kill THAT MANY PEOPLE... it's just... ugh. I can't even put it into words...

Anonymous said...

Not to get all crazy-ish or anything, but I can't help but wonder about Armageddon and if we're getting closer to it. I look at this world and all the ugly-ness and hatred and just all out crazy nature stuff and I can't help but wonder what the big man upstairs has in store. It's so incredibly tragic to look at/hear about. Hey did you hear about the 20 day old baby they found floating on a mattress, still alive? That was incredible. I will continue my prayers for the world, with a special one going out to the peoples affected by this.
Nik

Anonymous said...

There is something you can do... go to http://www.networkforgood.org/topics/international/earthquake/tsunami122604.aspx?source=AOL&cmpgn=CRS and show you care!

The Agony Aunt said...

http://www.ndtv.com/homepage/default.asp

just in case you want news updates.... don't torment yourselves, this is part of life, we will survive, we will go on.

Jen said...

Wow, OTHER people have actually joined in this discussion. I think that's really cool.

Renee said...

I just read that the death toll is up to 77,000...

Jen said...

Yeah, I saw that. Cannot even comprehend.

OH, and Nik, I meant to tell you, I actually had that same "Armegeddon" thought, too.

Renee said...

One of the guys who works at John's store is from India and most of his family still lives there, amidst all of this. John said most of them are okay, but there are still 5 relatives he hasn't been able to contact. So sad.

Anna said...

Up to 150,000. It's unfathomable.