Thursday, 15 May 2008

Grim

The first 22 pages of our main papers today are filled with nothing but grim news. Anyone who hasn't read about the devastating earthquake in Sichuan must be living under a rock.

For the past few days, we were exposed to heart wrenching scenes of children buried under the rubble and parents wailing over badly crushed bodies. The pain of losing their only child in a disaster is simply too undescribable. How will the survivors even find the strength to carry on with their lives from now on? I have no answer.

Turning to another area that had bore the brunt of yet another nature's fury - the aftermath of Nargis which left the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar in a desperate state of despair.

In both areas, critical supplies and help are trickling in slowly largely because of human intervention and inaccessibility. While we sit here in cool comfort, the victims are struggling to come to terms with their loss and the need to stay alive.

In many ways, their lives now lie in the hands of the ruler and what help they can dispense to the victims who have nobody to turn to. They have nothing to built their new life on now. They will have to start from scratch.

The heartbreaking scenes of hysterical mothers cradling their dead children, tears pouring over the lifeless bodies have filled my head for days. I symphatise but I can't relieve their pain.

8 comments:

La delirante said...

My prayers go to those areas that have been recently affected by natural disasters. I have survived three horrible earthquakes and the devastation and to see the pain of those who lost their houses and loved ones is really terrible.

Blur Ting said...

Wen - 3 times! I can understand it must have been very traumatising.

Nick Phillips said...

It is such a grim sight. Doesn't make me feel like enjoying the weekend with people suffering elsewhere. My prayers go out to them ...

The World According to Me said...

It's continually featured on the news over here, and it's very distressing to read and see. I can not imagine what those poor who have lost homes and loved ones are going through.
I'm praying for them too.

Mike M said...

It's sad to see the world it it's darkest hours. :(

Amel's Realm said...

Yeah, it seems that we've been hearing bad news over and over again...I usually didn't read news, but lately our homework is to watch the news in Finnish and discuss it in the classroom.

It feels like watching the faces of all those people in Aceh during and after tsunami. Life is...so...fragile...

I hope they still have hope in their hearts. I wouldn't know what to do if I were them...

WaterLearner said...

Heart Breaking news for everyone. The pictures on the papers everyday really shout the pain on the faces of the victims.

Jacqueline said...

I can only imagine how those parents are suffering. It makes me feel sick in my heart to only be watching from far away. I keep praying that their pain can somehow be eased, and that help can finally reach them. Not just in the basic needs of food, shelter, water....but also help to bring them comfort. I think your post did very well to reflect the tragedies that have effected each person.