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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Tsunami Action

The horrifying effects of the Tsunami that devastated coastlines across Asia have been felt, in these days of international travel, by every nation in the world. The full death toll is yet to be counted, but there is little doubt that it will climb much higher than even the astronomical figures being quoted today.

The Tsunami is being followed by another tidal wave, of human solidarity with the victims of this disaster - Western tourists are praising the Thai people who gave them shelter and food in the immediate aftermath, despite the many doubtless losses of their own that they had to deal with, and there is money pouring from the pockets of millions of ordinary people across the globe into the collection jars of charities that provide emergency relief in disaster. Even these funds will be inadequate to deal with the full effects of the earthquake.

The huge wave of sympathy, solidarity and charitable giving shows the human priorities of the vast majority of ordinary people.

There is one sad fact though - the amount contributed by the British and American governments towards aid for this disaster will be a tiny fraction of the amount they are spending on weapons and war in Iraq, showing the twisted priorities of those who hold power.

Thinking Nurse looks forward to the day when Emergency Disaster Relief is an unquestionable obligation on states, and when governments have to go out rattling tins in the street to raise money for their wars...


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