January 29, 2005

Local effects of the South–East Asian Tsunami

Writing about web page http://www.cornishman.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=144143&command=displayContent&sourceNode=144131&contentPK=11607368&moduleName=InternalSearch&keyword=survivors%20olly%20lou&formname=filtersearch

Olly was the cheff and Lou was a barmaid at the bar we all worked at together last year. At the end of the summer they'd saved enough to go off and travel for a few years; a dream trip through Sri Lanka, Singapore,Indo and Australia. But on boxing day they were struck by the Tsunami and no-one heard from them for over 24 hours.
When we did get emails they were not just full of their relief at having survived relatively unharmed, but at the horror of the way other people were behaving. Olly described the unbelieveable generosity of the locals, who gave them somewhere to stay and even bought them toothbrushes and shoes. In stark contrast to this he described the arrogance of the panicked Westerners, who were fighting over taxis and expecting locals to arrange transport and hotels!
It just goes to show that those who have nothing still think of others while the rich, who may have lost their luggage, are able to think of nothing but themselves. (They were in a part of Sri Lanka where, although there was huge destruction, there were not many lives lost).

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