Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
The communication technology, aerial imagery, and internet
have brought before the world the magnitude of the tsunami
disaster. It numbs the human mind and senses to see that
the mighty tidal waves have ravaged the landscape and indiscriminately
swallowed towns, villages, temples and churches and caused
incredible loss of life in a catastrophic arc of destruction
that stretched across time zones and continents.
The dead, injured, and missing represent 40 countries,
many faiths and cultures. Behind the terror-filled eyes
of each orphan child or grief-stricken adult are shattered
lives and dreams and deep sadness etched forever on his/her
soul. Amidst this incomprehensible tragedy, there are occasional
miracles, unprecedented lifelines of hope, and the true
face of compassion.
Nations from around the globe are responding to this unimagined
cataclysmic event with generosity and compassion of epic
proportions - rushing aid, supplies, and reassurances to
assist the living. Millions of large and small efforts to
raise funds for tsunami relief are reaffirming that as One
God's children we share the victim's anguish and grief.
Americans are not seeing the affected countries as Muslim,
Buddhist, Hindu, or Christian nations or cultures. We are
seeing our own face mirrored across the world media screens
and are wise enough to recognize that this is another corner
of our common global village and extended human family.