Tragedy In Nepal By Januar Saba and Tegan Aust
It’s been about a short while since the Nepalese earthquake devastated not only the Kathmandu region but the surrounding Mt. Everest region. The already disadvantaged people of Nepal are now surviving the best they can without homes or even the most basic financial aid.
The aid pledged already (including 10 million dollars by our own government) wasn’t reaching the people that were in most urgent need of receiving it. Over half a million homes have been damaged and destroyed and at least 2 million need tents and/or supplies. Over 6,000 people have been confirmed dead 14,000 have been injured with only 6,000 being treated in hospitals (at time of writing).
Overall, 16 nations had pledged aid but the availability and speed the aid was reaching the affected people wasn’t enough to make an impact on the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. In the time it took to write this article, the death-toll jumped up another 1,000 victims. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, friends and family – all lost in the rubble and debris of centuries-old homes and temples. That’s not mentioning the people buried in the snow at Mount Everest’s base camp. The scale of the catastrophe at the moment is the worst it has been in over 60 years.
It goes without saying that there are numerous ways to donate money or time online. Google Nepalese Earthquake Appeal or any number of Red Cross or World Vision sites. These people have lost even more than their homes, money or their lives. Their culture and their history are in tatters around them having lost some things that were priceless.
But with time and the concern of the general public, Kathmandu can rebuild and restore their pride and their lives. So look away from deceased drug smugglers, royal babies and Mick Malthouse for a moment and understand and consider the people that need the attention a lot more.