Asia Earthquake and Flood Appeal | December 29, 2004
People all over the world are waking up from their post Christmas stupor to face one of the largest natural disasters in recorded history. Currently the death toll stands at 60,000 and is steadily rising. The earthquake and resulting tsunami has decimated some of the most fragile and impoverished communities throughout the region. Communities that desperately need your help.
I’ve spent a number of years travelling through this part of the world and have visited many of the worst effected places. I’ve been to Banda Aceh several times and can’t believe the scale of the catastrophe afflicted on this already troubled region. I travelled to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the early 90’s and fell in love with this beautiful and exotic island chain. As well as large numbers of refugees, this archipelago is home to some of the most isolated and fragile tribal communities left in the world, and I fear greatly for these peoples survival.
I’ve personally lived and worked in Thailand, teaching diving on the Islands of Phuket and Ph-Phi. Koh Phi-Phi especially is a beautiful and magical island that occupies a special place in my heart. As such I can scarcely believe the destruction suffered by this tiny tropical paradise, and fear for the lives of the people I worked with during this time.
Due to the scale, severity and reach of this disaster, aid is greatly needed in the region. I ask that all of my readers donate what they can to one of the many disaster funds that have been set up. Here are a list of the major UK funds. If you know of any funds for other country’s, please add them to the comments.
Posted at December 29, 2004 11:27 AM