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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

fragility


A flame for those who are suffering.

Myanmar cyclone, China earthquake, US tornadoes, and all the everyday suffering that keeps on whether I notice it or not.

I'm going to add links for helping, as they come up, if you're interested:

Myanmar: UNICEF
China: Red Cross Society of China

17 comments:

Drowsey Monkey said...

A very nice symbol. There have been a lot of large weather related tradgedies lately.

The thing that makes Myanmar the worst is that the government won't let us in to help their own people. Truly sad.

Ruth said...

Thanks, Drowsey. I got an email an hour ago from UNICEF that in Myanmar they have been distributing water purification tablets, drugs to fight infectious diseases, mosquito nets, shelter equipment, surival kids, special food and liquids for malnourished children.

The report is here, with a link for donations, of course: http://www.unicefusa.org/news/news-from-the-field/situation-report-cyclone-narg.html

Ruth said...

Should be "survival kits" . . . hope it does translate as survival kids.

André Lemay said...

Amazing picture, it is very nice to link it to help others. Keep up the nice work.

Anet said...

This is wonderful that you are adding links to help. I think people sometimes think, "but my little bit wouldn't help so...." It really does help, every little bit. Everytime I logged on yahoo today and read about the China earthquake, the stories and pictures were heartbreaking.
And Myanmar...I just can't understand that.
Your flame is beautiful!

laura said...

A beautiful photo and sentiment, backed up with practicality. I remember reading in the context of some other catastrophe--actually I think it was a comment by a woman who was a child in Berlin during the airlift--that as much as any actual assistance, what nourished them was knowing that people outside cared about them so much.

Ruth said...

The worst thing I heard today was a Chinese woman weeping who just kept saying she didn't think anyone would come help her and her family. I hope outside attention and support combined with inside organization and massive efficiency will seriously help.

Sharon said...

Today's word is apt....suppose.

Suppose so many things, suppose we all pitched in...reminds me of Lennon's song Imagine which ends "And the world will live as one".....Thanks.

Ginnie said...

When problems like this hit anywhere in the world, they affect all of us! We all suffer. Thanks, Ruth, for drawing our attention to this.

Ruth said...

Sharon, I hadn't made the connection with 'suppose.' Thank you. Not to get off on politics, but when you look at what Obama has done raising campaign funds, with $10, $20 and $50 donations - $100,000,000 - it's staggering what a little can do when combined and well administered.

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Boots, it's true. I just hate that we pay attention for a few weeks and then something else distracts us. I'm grateful UNICEF was already in Myanmar so they could start distributing stuff.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks Ruth.. beautiful offering...

Ruth said...

Oh, thank you, Gwen. I feel helpless.

Bob Johnson said...

Way to go Ruth, great post and images, just can't get my head around something like this, such a catastrophe.

Ruth said...

Bob, we're hearing about the massive impact of these disasters, and each person there, who lost someone, or who is injured, I imagine they can't get their head around it even on a personal scale.

Astrid said...

Ruth, thank you so much for your paying attention, we all suffer when this happens...it can happen to us too and than we are glad if we get their prayers and concern.

Ruth said...

Astrid, yes, I think that's the connection, isn't it, that it could happen to us. But it hasn't, and so we reach out in our hearts to them. We want to be strong for them, want to support them in any way we can. And if we in turn suffer, we hope someone will be there to do the same for us. The human exchange is a powerful thing.

Sandy said...

This is great Ruth. So much suffering lately on this earth.

sandy