Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Sumatra Tsunami (originally posted 12/28)

I appreciate the emails and phone calls regarding the recent tsunami disaster near the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. While my immediate family is safe in the island of Java ... some good 1,000 miles away from the quake's epicenter and is well-shielded from the tsunami by the island of Sumatra, the tsunami had killed more than 100,000 people in Sumatra and wiped out hundreds of thousands of homes. Food-borne, water-borne, and air-borne diseases loom. Drinking water, food, and clothes are scarce. Millions are out of jobs as their shops, fishing boats, farms, and other structures and infrastructures are badly damaged.

For more information and ways to help, please see the official site of Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C. You can also channel your donation through American Red Cross, or through
the Amazon.com's "One Click" American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund if you have an account with Amazon.

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