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21 May 2008 @ 08:03 am
Myanmar and China  
Experts predict, once the dust settles and contagion takes its course through the worst-hit parts of China, that the death toll will be above 50,000.

50,000 lives, people.

I don't even know how to think about that number.

Until you think about Myanmar, where the official death count thus far is 78,000 people.  The United Nations and Red Cross suspect it might be as high as 138,000... in a country of just under 60 million people.  An estimated 2.5 million of those people are in need of aid right now.  That's 4% of the entire country.

The big stink on the news is how Myanmar is aggravating the catastrophe by only permitting rescue aid to trickle in.  Somehow it's easier to talk about that, somehow it's easy to get angry about it, because you can BLAME somebody for it.  There have already been cases of cholera reported.  See how easy it is to be angry?

But the cyclone and the earthquake?  Not a whole lot you can do except look at the numbers and be numb.  We may lose up to 200,000 by the end of this week.

If Myanmar perpetuates the stranglehold, it could reach into the millions.

It's an astounding blow to our planet... to our family.

Think about this.  It should hurt.

China is permitting privately funded rescue efforts between provinces on an unprecedented scale... the news coverage is wide open, compared to their normal M.O.  It's making a big difference in lives saved.

If you normally donate, go donate, if you want to find the Red Cross and give them blood, I'm sure they will appreciate it.  If you want to write to the U.N. and tell them to muscle their way into Myanmar (or if you want to tell them not to), do that.  Or pray.

But more than anything, if you haven't been paying attention, remember this week.  Let it affect you.  It most certainly will impact our country.  This is history, devastatingly significant, and I haven't heard a word said about it yet.

The regime in Myanmar is sustaining a serious hit by this.  And the cost is way too high.
A Joyous Life (formerly Warrior Priest)a_joyous_life on May 21st, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Great post. The death toll on the China quake is edging over 70,000. In Ethiopia at least 120,000 children will starve to death in the next month and millions more are at great risk. Thanks for helping our LJ friends to remember.
Xandre: Bastard of Winterfellayakashi_fox on May 21st, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
These past two weeks have been devastating in the weather of humanity. It will effect all of us on all levels.

The winds of change are upon us, the storms are rolling in, but there's no way of telling yet from which direction the wind is going to blow. Interesting times. Time to make like an ant, 'cause the grasshoppers are gonna be in trouble.