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28 December 2004 @ 11:58 am
more on the tsunami devastation  
Some of the hardest hit populations were the fishing communities along the coastal villages scattered in all the affected areas. Most of those populations were already living under the poverty line, and it is expected that this disaster will increase their vulnerability as they lived in makeshift huts with very low incomes and little financial security.
(from unicef)

this is exactly what upsets me the most about the tsunami disaster in the asia-pacific. obviously this sort of devastation would be tragic anywhere, but what happens when these communities have barely anything to begin with? when they don't have the resources or funding to fall back on to help them rebuild at least the material structures in their lives? heartbreak and loss and grief are the same worldwide but when you have nowhere to sleep anymore, no food to eat, no clothes to wear because you can't afford to just go down to the next big city and buy things, it exacerbates the problem tenfold. when yr struggling to make it day by day to begin with, how does something like this destroy your faith and your belief that things might ever get easier?

the photos from here (thanks for the link, fructiferous) are absolutely heartwrenching; it makes you realise (if you didn't already) that in the end, we're all just people. we're all human, and crises like this make all the fighting and discrimination so very petty indeed. australia sending back refugees, for example; but no matter where they've come from, they are all just people like us. they're not white westerners but what difference should it make? they have emotions, fear, desire to make it in the world - just like us. why oh why do we treat these nations so second class? why do we allow people to live like this when in the end - we're all the same?

i've gotten way off track with what i was originally going to write about, but i can't seem to think too straight at the moment. i'm sorry to keep writing about this, it's just what's at the front of my mind at the moment. i really wish there was more i could do. although ceret has given me the idea that since i was going to sponser a child in the new year anyway, to sponser a tsunami child victim. i wasn't going to go through world vision (for a few different reasons), but if no information comes up on any of the other sponsership sites in the next week or so, then i'll probably go through world vision anyway. because i really want to do something in light of this devastation.

i wish i could do something about all the devastation in the world because this disaster doesn't make any of the other crises any less important or urgent or tragic. and that's the worst part it all, really. because one more devastation happens, but is there any sign of the others ending ?

 
 
 
Ivana Stabivanastab on December 28th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
Hey,
I ordered your zine a while ago and it was absolutely beautiful. I'm currently working on a new zine and I want to have a 'zines you should read' page, and I want to include Winterspark in there. I was just wondering if it'd be OK to include your address in there, as part of the contact info, or should I just leave your email?
Thanks a lot.

xoxo
Ivana
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 28th, 2004 10:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs* ooh, thankyou so much for that comment ! it is fine to include my address in the contact info - and let me know when yr zine is done so i can order a copy too :)
actually, i might just add you to my friends list, if thats okay :)
Ivana Stabivanastab on December 29th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
Sure, awesome. Added. :)
The Lady of Situationsxhermiax on December 28th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Situation in India.
Just had an email from a friend to say that the ashram (in Kerala) is alright following the tsunami (she has a lot of friends and family there). It's been quite frustrating trying to receive news, as obviously the papers are concentrating on places like Phuket and Malaysia, where the highest concentration of Britons are. Currently, the ashram's providing 30,000 meals a day across six relief centres. Find myself, ridiculously, welling up over the fact that Ram and Lakshmi (the two elephants) are alright. None of the ashramites have been killed, which is something of a miracle, really. Everyone's staying at the uni, which is a relief because the electricity and so on is still going.

Chirac and Blair and the Pope (what a combination) are all madly "extending their sympathies" - much good THAT'LL do.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 28th, 2004 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Situation in India.
yeah...i wish people like that would put their money where their mouth is !
i'm glad your friends and the ashram are fine *hugsyou*
jessica: piscessea__secret on December 28th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
i really wish i could make up a package of clothes & food & other supplies to send to a family whose home was destroyed in all this... do you know of anyone sponsoring anything like that?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 28th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
unfortunately, i read on one of the websites (red cross or world vision or something) that they won't accept packages like that because of all the administration involved with getting stuff through customs etc. they say to send money but not items.
but when i find out more information (perhaps in time they will be able to accept actual donations, once the 'dust has settled' so to speak), i'll let you know.
*hugsyou*
jessicasea__secret on December 30th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
fructiferousfructiferous on December 29th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
i admire you for your care. so many people do not. you're wonderful. <3