It's been a busy few days over here so I haven't had the chance to post. Rather than use this post to mention the goings-on over here, I'd like to take some space and remember the victims of last year's tsunami. It's been one year since we all bore witness the biggest devastation any of us have seen. Being so close to where this all happened, there are many commemorations going on in this area.
Rather than give a few links to stories about these ceremonies, let me comment about the recent South Asian earthquake. While I've been here, I've seen a lot more of the suffering the people affected by the earthquake have been through. It's amazing how little attention the earthquake has gotten considering that just as many people have been devastated by the quake as by the tsunami. Not only are these people out of home, they are facing the bitter cold besetting the region now. BBC has provided good coverage of this while I've been here, noting how many villages have seen no aid since the first few days and weeks right after the quake. Just as with the tsunami victims, these quake survivors are going to need years of help to get back on their feet.
So if you haven't done so already, please spend a moment of your time and a few of your dollars to donate to some worthy causes:
International Red Cross/Red Crescent: http://donate.ifrc.org/
UN High Commission for Refugees: http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/earthquake