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Breaking the silence

Uploaded by Kheyal on Sep 16, 2005



Breaking the silence
By Kheyal Azam Khalil
The Asian Tsunami has resulted in the loss of more than 200, 000 lives and the death toll in increasing by every passing day. This natural catastrophe is shocking for the entire world and has thus evoked global concern. As the world ‘moves on’ and is already forgetting all about it, they leave a heavy job on the shoulders of the UNICEF and other relief organisations. The awareness about this issue has reached virtually every one and certainly the youth is no exception. As a matter of fact, the students being reactive and stimulated have much more to say than they would usually actually speak out. Hence I take this opportunity to voice their opinion about this natural disaster.
For the stated purpose, a small survey was carried out in a school inquiring them about their response to this issue. The feed back was not overwhelming, though those who did participate came out to be sincerely concerned and felt sympathetic towards the Tsunami victims. On the contrary, all of them seemed rather disappointed at their own helplessness to contribute towards this cause. Some were dismayed to the extent of being put off as a seventeen year old girl wrote, ‘I listen to the news reported everyday, sitting in my lounge, hearing my parents talk about how many people have been victim to this tragedy. Then I think over it, pity frail humans and forget and move on.’ Furthermore, they showed a considerable disapproval for the way things are being tackled by the ‘adults’. One stated, ‘I feel sympathetic towards the fate of the Tsunami victims, but I realise that they do not need sympathy, they need help. As a student, there’s not much I can do. . .” Many hinted that the people in charge of handling this situation were doing their job in a dissatisfactory fashion. One suggested, ‘I am of the opinion that if the media wants it can easily pile up aid. Instead of collecting funds from concerts and shows, a deplorable condition of the victims and serious criticism on the face of the public for neglecting the sufferers might stir some conscience.’
Another question that was a part of the survey asked them about those unfeeling who have known to be preventing the aid from reaching the sufferers. A general response was of not taking heed of this and continuation of help...

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Uploaded by:   Kheyal

Date:   09/16/2005

Category:   History

Length:   3 pages (768 words)

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