Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tsunami ten years on – and families still remember never to forget

The poignancy of the Tsunami  of 26th December 2004 came back to me when a mother who had lost her son, wanted me to help her publish a tribute to him, in the Daily Mirror of 26th December 2014, which I after quite a struggle was able to do.

I was in my farm that fateful day, having only returned to Sri Lanka barely 3 weeks previously after a lifetime overseas, and was entertaining an Uncle and Aunt for lunch when horrific news started trickling in. As many as 35,000 Sri Lankans along with a number of holidaying foreigners died in those few hours of devastation, and in all, over 270,000 are known to have perished in the whole belt that was affected, making it one of if not the most devastating documented human tragedy of all.

I note below some links to some stories that appeared in the internet today, about this tragedy so that we will not forget its implications, and the positives that resulted from it.

Let this be a reminder to all of us of the fragility of life, and the loss of those who are near and dear to us, especially when it is wholly unexpected.

We must appreciate the time we pass on this planet, and try and make it fulfilling and satisfactory in all its ups and downs, and live by example so that we are able to appreciate what we have deal with unexpected tragedy, stoically.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

perspective is important. while it's important to remember the 10 year anniversary of the 1 day tsunami, let us never forget the 30 year war the country suffered under and vow never to let it happen again. i see the country, and this blog, too eager to simply move on and not address the needs of the people in the former war zones.