It sure hasn’t been uneventful year so far; ranging from the Rio de Janeiro floods and mudslides believed to have claimed over 900 lives through the Australia’s flood.
Various People’s power activities especially in the Middle East, New Zealand earthquake and now the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan (possibly a nuclear disaster).
Obviously no nation’s preparation can matchup with the amount of devastation witnessed in some of these natural disasters, which so far has claimed thousands of lives, displaced several other thousands and probably millions.
There are cities, towns and all sorts of associated infrastructures to be rebuilt, as difficult as this may sound bearing in mind that PORT-AU-PRINCE Haiti’s landscape is much as the quake left it over a year ago; it’s probably the easy part.
It takes more than money to build a community; Port-Au-Prince may look the same today as it looked a year ago, really it’s not. The people are changed and permanently so, as reflected in the words of Charlemagne Sintia "We've had an earthquake, hurricane, cholera, but we are still here, and we are still together."
Going through hardships, disasters or any forms of unexpected or difficult situations, we must never allow the souls of our communities to die. We must safeguard the love of our families and continue to cherish the bond of our relationships.
“I will never forget” said Barak Obama “that the only reason that I’m standing here today is because somebody somewhere stood up for me when it was risky, stood up when it was hard, stood up when it wasn’t popular, and because that somebody stood up a few more stood up…” we may not have been the first to stand up but we must stand all the same and be one of the first few.
Let’s stand together with victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crisis imposed by the selfishness of dictatorial leaderships around the world.
If or when we’re hit, hopefully we won't stand alone; we’re human only through the humanity of others.
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