I went down to breakfast this morning on my last day in Beijing before flying home this afternoon. When I sat down to read the paper, the following table leapt right off the page.
|55,740 killed||24,960 missing|
|292,481 injured||11.36m evacuated|
|$3.55b received in donations|
The really distressing thing on top of the number of people killed is that nearly two weeks after the quake, the chances of those still missing cannot be good.
On page 4 of The China Daily brought me to tears.
I won't reproduce the stories here, simply the titles and links.
Maybe it was because I have school age children. Maybe it's because my father is a teacher. These stories are of incredible bravery that ended up saving children but the teachers losing their life.
These teachers were heroes in the highest hounour of the word and I'm glad these stories are being told.
And some poems sent in also published on that page are equally touching.