China Cried Out

Today at 2:28pm everyone in China stood in silence for three minutes to remember the people who lost everything in the recent earthquake. Cars had been instructed to honk their horns and alarms were ringing everywhere. I knew it was going to be an emotional moment but I was not ready for the real impact of hearing all those horns and alarms start at exactly the same time - it was like the whole country was crying out together, still trying to grasp the magnitude of the horror that shook the country exactly a week ago. And the whole country was united together in empathy with Beichuan and the surrounding regions. The Chinese prime minister has been traveling through that region recently and he's said several times the way he wants China to react to this crisis: calm, confidant and united. The united part was certainly showing this afternoon. People mobilized quickly and respectfully to show solidarity.

There's a women in my team named Rachel Zhang who was in her hometown of Mianyang when the earthquake hit last week. She was very very close to the epicenter and it's a miracle that she and her family survived with no serious injuries. She wrote here about her experiences this week delivering some supplies to one of the hardest-hit regions (all in Chinese).

Rachel's city has something like 4 million residents. About 8,000 people have already been found dead, 20,000 are believed to be buried in the debris, and 26,000 others were injured in the wake of Monday's quake. It is such a blessing that Rachel and her family are okay, thank God for that.

Comments:

Two tragedies in 2 weeks was too much. I am glad that the employee managed to survive. I happen to see the memorial of Phil Rosenweig at MPK and was really moved. I don't want more employees being lost to Natural/man made disasters.

Posted by Madhan Kumar on May 19, 2008 at 04:36 PM CST #

sends shivers when people you are close to avert disaster....I'm glad Rachel and her family are ok....

Posted by Barb on May 21, 2008 at 07:06 PM CST #

Tears are always streaming down my face these days while I saw photos of the people who lost everything in the earthquake; especially those children lost their parents.

Yesterday, I suddenly burst into tears again while I received an official mail from U.S - an American colleague, Cynthia Ice, passed away suddenly last week. I even mailed her two days before that day. GOD!

This is part of life?!....

Posted by Kelly on May 22, 2008 at 03:07 AM CST #

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