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Monday, December 27, 2004

What a f***ing awful birthday

I wake up on my birthday to hear that thousands have died back in Asia. Both Ravi and I have family out there. And it seems we all know someone who is holidaying out there right now. My sister had just flown out on Christmas day. Molko had just headed out there too. They are all okay but we got the inevitable bad news. My uncle had been travelling down to the coast with his two kids when his train had been hit by a wave and was dragged into the sea. All passengers were presumed dead. A day later we hear back that his carriage had got stuck on a hill after rolling over 4 times. It prevented them from drowning. It was the only carriage that got stuck. The others were not so lucky.
Even a Buddhist will turn towards God

My female cousin was going to drive to the same hotel on the coast as she does every month or so. Her father had told not to due to the flu epidemic down there, so she reluctantly cancelled her plans. Now, the hotel is no more and the family who owned it are dead.
Most of us couldn't comprehend what it would be like to lose EVERYTHING we have. House, clothes, and maybe even loved ones. There are a million in Sri Lanka alone who have.
Life is a crazy thing. Unlike the Twin Towers, this time however, we have no one to blame. Mother nature giveth, mother nature taketh away. We will always be at her mercy and I guess this kinda thing puts things in perpective. I still remember how we were meant to fly out on Sept 10th to Manhattan, but we had to put it back to the 12th, to finish the video to Moodswings. It seems as clear as yesterday watching the second plane crash live on tv.

I still don't understand why the govts further from the epicentre weren't warned. Especially in this day & age where satellites watch every move. I guess not much could have been done to prevent it, but it restores my faith in human nature the way the world has rallied to help. You'd imagine it'd be easy to be detached from all this millions of miles away, especially if no one you know is involved. But this hasn't been the case.... in the immediate short term at least. We'll have to see how long they care though.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Asia right now.


http://www.supportunicef.org/site/pp.asp?c=iuI1LdP0G&b=276341
http://www.ifrc.org/
http://www.oxfam.co.uk/what_you_can_do/donate_now/how_donation_helps.htm

11 Comments:

Blogger sam said...

Yeh unlike other places the indian ocean hasn't got the necessary gear installed for one of those tsunami predictors to work, according to the news. Got an indian friend who was feeling similar after the earthquake. Stuff like this seems to make you appreciate what you have, you never know when it might be gone, i guess.

December 29, 2004 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

You can also make donations to http://www.careinternational.org.uk/

December 29, 2004 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger .... said...

im so sorry

December 29, 2004 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger rich said...

apparently they did know it was coming a couple of hours in advance, but they couldnt tell the general public quick enough, i guess cos there arent so many TVs and radios around that part of the world.

December 29, 2004 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger coldrude said...

This tradegy could have had much less causalities if the right equipment were in the ocean. Shocking what mother nature can do and at what is meant to be such a happy period.

Rest in peace all those that died...

December 29, 2004 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger bazko said...

Shocked news....:( sorry, really thinking, many one there lose everything, and despaired of their missing relatives, parents, loves....:(

December 30, 2004 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Serendipity87 said...

Som, I remember thinking that your family are from Sri Lanka and i thought of you and your family straight away as i have no other friends with family in that part of the world. Is your Uncle alive?
I'm glad that your cousin is ok.

I am so thankful right now for everything i have, it is odd that it takes something as terrible as this to make me stop and take stock of the great life i lead, even though sometimes it feels sh*te.

These are links from another website for donations:

https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp

https://www.americaresfoundation.net/donate/default.aspx?id=South%20Asia%20Earthquake%20Relief%20Fund

https://www.directrelief.org/sections/support_us/d_donate_now.html

http://www.uk2.msf.org/donations/

http://www.sarvodaya.org/

https://www.unicefusa.org/site/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=duLRI8O0H&b=277271&en=7eIFIKOkF7KCIHMlEbJDLQPBImKVK1PzEkIOJOPtFcLLK7K

https://secure3.salvationarmy.org/donations.nsf/donate?openform&projectid=IHQ-Asia_Fund

* * * Please every one who reads this donate some money, other people need it a lot more that we do right now * * *

December 30, 2004 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger falling_off_the_floor said...

still can't believe the extent of the damage and the amount of people suffering because of the earthquake. sometimes its harder as there is no-one to blame. it just makes me realise how lucky i am not to be affected personally. thoughts with everyone involved x

December 30, 2004 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger CementedShoes said...

I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like out there right now, its a terrible shame, especially when you hear that had the governments payed up for an ealry warning system, many thousands of lives could have been saved, again, it all boils down to money.
I suppose like many, I was planning on goin to the after christmas sales, but as yet, i would feel wrong for going, so insignificant when other things are so much more important right now.

December 31, 2004 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Damo said...

Hardly seems relevant in the grand scheme of things but happy birthday for the 27th, Som.

I have given £50 to this (which if you know what I earn, is a lot) and more will follow as subsequent paydays pass.

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