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I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

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Wave toll ‘could exceed 100,000’ (BBC News)

Yesterday, I was upset, shocked, and lost at the prospect of 40,000 people having been killed. Today, I read this:

About 77,000 people have been confirmed killed in the earthquake and waves.

The tragedy cannot get any greater, however many more people die. I cannot comprehend the idea of 10,000 people, let alone 77,000 people, losing their lives in one event. It truly is of biblical proportions.

I urge you to browse some of the blogs of people who were there (such as Crossroads Dispatches and Moichido), and try to imagine what a terrible event this has been for all involved. And then go and donate whatever you can to the charities seeking to help these poor, poor people.

This 134th post was filed under: Tsunami 2004.

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