Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Medicine for grief

The death toll from the earthquake in South China has already reached 40,000. It's heartbreaking to watch. A report says that one entire town's generation of children is probably deceased due to China's one child policy.

I read a news report by a doctor who had to amputate a boy's legs before they could rescue him. They spent eight hours to get to the children. They found a boy and a girl but could only rescue one. The girl was already unconscious. So they turned to the little boy.

He was half buried still and it seems the only way to pull him out was to cut off his legs then and there. When the doctor told the boy what he was about to do, the little boy ust said: Go ahead. I have no use for them anymore.

One little girl who was found by rescuers kept saying over and over again: I want to go home. But she died when they finally pulled her out.

China is mourning its dead. There is little hope of finding survivors now and more efforts are mostly put in to helping the millions who have lost their homes, and those who've lost their family and loved ones.

Is China's start of the 3 day mourning, the moment of silence and unofficial way of saying the search is over? I hope not. I hope they don't rest at all. There must be more survivors, more miracles.

If there are survivors after 8 days, there might be more to come..

There may be medicine to help those injured, but how about medicine for their souls. When they've been so badly hurt by this disaster.

To quote the International Herald Tribune:

For many Chinese, the public reaction is simply a natural outpouring of grief and a desire to help, reflective of a society where more people are now rich enough to give back. Even as traditionalists deplore modern China's moral drift and embrace of materialism, a catastrophe projected to claim 50,000 lives, including thousands of children, has struck a deep chord.

"We grew up reciting Confucius saying that all men are born kind, but it takes a disaster like this to bring out the innate kindness of everyday human beings," said Alan Qiu, 41, an investor in Shanghai. "People are touched by the scenes of children and also the value of life. We grew up in a society where people tend to believe that Chinese lives are of less value than foreign lives."

God bless all the victims and those affected of this natural disaster.

We are so lucky to be alive with our family members and people we love and love us back. When you think you're grieving, think of them...

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