February 27th, 2005


On the subject of the Tsunami...

The United Nations and the WHO visited today. I felt sadly vindicated when they described the situation as being the worst they had seen. They identified many reasons for this, including the lack of a concerted relief effort. The WHO promised to contact the Red Cross. The UN promised to better supervise aid. An official promised to send me the drugs. Another promised to help educate the staff. In front of them, the grinning senior officer promised to be "here for you whenever you need me."

Promises blew in the air like confetti. -- Dr. Ranjana Srivastava, Feb. 25, 2005, from the Islands of Maldives.

Those who know me very well, know that I continue to be close to my high school friend, Ranjana Srivastava. She is now a doctor, who routinely aids in humanitarian causes. She is in Maldives as a part of the Tsunami Relief Effort now, and has been sending back powerful journals to her friends on the matter. I have once again put her email back on a web page so that her words are shared with all: maldives.drranjana.com.

Her words make human the continuing problems in that region of the world.