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09 January 2005



Neville, I certainly feel empathy for the people of Sweden. My brother was in Thailand. He, thankfully, is OK.

I know numbers can get foolish, in the face of such pain. But your post made me think.

To further put it in perspective, that could be about 69,000 in the USA. Roughly the population of Auburn/Opelika (67,000) - where I live. Personal thoughts aside - I am just trying to grasp what that would mean to any area of the country, to any country. I can't. But for Sweden, so closely knit - so close together, it is unimaginable and a devastating blow.

For South Asia, the certain further deaths from injuries and disease just makes the horror too hard, too brutal.

Seems like several governments are not handling this crisis well. We certainly had our problems.

Add to that, the survivor's guilt. All those returning from what should have been a holiday, and now facing life without loved ones. I know my brother, having been there and knowing people that live there, will feel it. And he was travelling alone.

Thank goodness the relief efforts now seem to be fully active and, over the long haul, will help to rebuild the affected countries. That won't make the pain go away, though. Counseling relief needs to be established for the survivors in something so large scale. I hope the relief effort stays on track.

Take care.

Neville Hobson

The numbers really are awful, Robert. It's hard to imagine what it must be like in any of the affected countries now. You see the TV images of total devastation everywhere.

Rebuilding these places (and people's lives) will take years.

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