Sunday, February 27, 2005

e-workshop on the Tsunami

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The Human Development Resource Net (HDRNet) has  just launched our first e-workshop on the role of local communities and the international response to the Tsunami. What lessons are we learning? How can the international community support local communities in responding to the disaster and in preventing the disastrous consequences of similar phenomena in the future? How can we bring more visibility to the struggles and successes of local communities in confronting this disaster?

Please visit our workshop and participate.

The Human Development Resource Network (HDRNet) is a specialised information gateway and electronic library on human development and international co-operation. HDRNet is part of an international collaborative effort that brings together United Nations organisations,  practitioners and academics, enabling a broad community of participants from many different parts of the world to contribute material they consider relevant to the research and practice of human development.

mysignature Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Associate Professor, Dept of Political Science
Director, International Secretariat for Human Development,
York University, McLaughlin College 131, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto
Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3
Phone 416 736 2100 extn 30095

How r u doing, dear friend?

Well, I guess you remember the December 26th, 2004 earthquake that triggered a deadly tsunami, which was probably the greatest earthquake in 40 years and known as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and polular also as the deadliest disasters in modern history, which had struck off the Northwest coast of the Indonesian island. Its waves which were as high as 25 meters (80 feet) tall and striked all of the ocean states and their natives in the most terrible way.

This catastrophe called popularly as the Asian or the Boxing Day Tsunami obliterated cities, seaside communities and holiday resorts, killing tens of thousands of people in a dozen countries causing considerable destruction and deaths. It was a complete surprise for the people living there there as there was no tide gauges or other wave sensors to provide confirmation for the cause.

Recent analysis compiled lists a total of 229,866 people lost, including 186,983 dead and 42,883 missing. The figure excludes 400 to 600 people who are believed to have perished in Myanmar . There are many remote islands in the ocean, so there are many unreported and uncounted deaths.

Much Done, More to Do for the Resettlement of these nameless and forgotten victims. Though UNICEF, Oxyfam, the Red Cross and Islamic relief and many others are still working hard to do their best in making a new world for the survivors, there are still our age old curses working against them of corrupt officials and all that you already know.

The worldwide community has donated more than US$7 billion in humanitarian aid to those affected by the earthquake. India had received $17.9 million and has done a lot to cope up with the circumstances. But the aftermath is more horrifying than tsunami itself; People are left in the lurch in there, sounds horrible – isn't it? Although the Government made a lot of promises and spent a lot money, very little actual relief and rehabilitation work has been done. Most islanders are still awaiting compensation.

People still struggle to survive in hot, subhuman tin sheds, with no food security, electricity, education, basic health or livelihood, the terrible question, that comes back is - where have all the massive aid and big promises disappeared? As for livelihood thing, the plans are yet to be made! The inevitable question arising is "Where did the money go and what happened to the great aid operation?" It's always easier to raise money after a great disaster than it is to spend it in a right way.

A fact-finding mission to the tsunami-affected areas reported the survivors are frustrated, depressed and angry. There is a pervading sense of neglect and betrayal, and a feeling of fatigue as patience and endurance levels are repeatedly tested and tried. People live in box-like tin structures; there is an acute drinking water shortage, abysmal sanitation, no privacy for women and girls, particularly. Lack of planning was evident in everything and everywhere, however, problems includes many undefined crisis and troubles unlisted. For these victims, the trauma of the tsunami, continues.

How can the government turn a deaf ear to the bearing of the innocent sufferers? Dark is the future of these sufferers with corrupt officials on an operation to salvage them. So, my friend, let us come together and demand their civil liberties and privileges they deserve to get. Remember, service to humanity is service to god. Join me at
I don't want u to dedicate some amount of money or something like that...... to this.

all i want is to know - as what do u feel abt this.........??? Pls, do use the link and let me know about your thoughts.

Your friend,
Simran Khan.
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