Friday, December 30, 2005

In my newspaper today Laurie Lewis writes about the continuing crisis high in the snow-covered foothills of the Himalayas. The survivors of the Kashmir earthquake succumb to the snow and cold. He ends his report...

In the UK, the snow and minus 10C temperatures have brought some inconvenience and a happy diversion for children on holiday. In the Himalayan foothills, it inflicts greater suffering on those who have suffered enough.

This is really sad how these people are left to suffer and die from the snow and cold. They have been given feeble summer tents, totally unsuitable for a winter in the foothills of the Himalayas. Governments have ignored their plight and left these poor homeless people to die. The relief effort should not be difficult and the coming problems of survival in the winter was foreseen by the aid workers. This is an avoidable tragedy whilst the earthquake was not. This crisis casts great shame on all our governments who had plenty of time and resources to pay for and build adequate winter shelters for these homeless and ill people.

What a dreadful legacy we have given these poor helpless people to end the calendar year with - to freeze to death whilst others drink in warm, dry buildings wishing in the new year.
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