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23 February 2011

I am thinking of Christchurch

Yesterday, the second earthquake in Christchurch. The front page of today's The Dominion Post says, "It was a city just learning to sleep without fear" and a friend in New Zealand writes in an email, "we are all in it".
I felt the quake last September. The bed was shaking, miles and miles away. This time, though unfelt, there is more fear. Yes, we are all there.
Photo: Lichen and rail at a cemetery in Masterton, New Zealand

3 comments:

Elbe Lau said...

Great to learn you're fine. Elbe

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

thanks, elbe

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

12 March. It is almost three weeks since the earthquake in Chch (the abbreviation for Christchurch) and another earthquake has now hit Japan. I have contacted friends from that country, and I thank everyone who has been thinking of people here... Just the other day, a friend I met during earthquake relief work in Gujarat, India in 2001 was in contact... Just this morning, word from an Oxfam colleague with whom I visited Aceh, the epicentre of the 2005 tsunami... And almost every day, I hear from someone who has been working on longterm efforts after the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. I do not mention all of these crises lightly. Each one has been major, life-changing. But I think of all the good work that Oxfam does, of all the goodness that comes from survivors helping each other... And I remember that the Chinese word for 'crisis' combines 'danger' and 'opportunity'. I offer my wishes for good life changes.