12
May
08

Feeling Sichuan

Sichuan Earthquake

Over 8,500 feared dead. 10,000 injured.

The world has witnessed a lot of destruction and loss of life in the past few weeks on the other side of the world but unlike the response in Myanmar, China has been quick to provide leadership to the devastation. It appears that the army has a good record of mobilizing and getting people to safety. This has been declared a level 2 emergency [out of 4]. But hey no Olympic venues were damaged by the earthquake…

In reading the reports first thing this morning I guess my heart quickly responded to the news regarding the children buried under collapsed schools. There were pictures on some sites and that really disturbed me. Children are precious in any culture. Perhaps slightly different from the West however, Chinese culture may closely resonate with what we see in Scripture regarding children representing hope, income and reputation for a family. So for a family to lose a child as devastating as it is anywhere, in Eastern culture especially with a one-child policy economy the loss carries deep and wide results. Yesterday we celebrated mothers as a nation. May our hearts take shape and pour forth accordingly.

Sichuan Earthquake

Links
Thousands dead in Chinese quake [BBC]
US Geological Survey
Quake kills thousands, traps hundreds [CNN]

Here’s a first hand account from a student in Sichuan University

Associated Press

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