Friday, December 31, 2004

Thoughts at the end of the year

2004 is departing with a bang. The aftermath of the tsunami is still disrupting the lives of millions. Right now, it is front page news and I imagine it will stay there while the body count is still rising. Then in a few days, there will be fewer stories and international attention will move on to the next crisis. But for the victims, "moving on" won't be soon. Recovery will be slow, and there will be just as many people dying from disease and causes indirectly related to the tsunami. In my own work in Lao, recovery from the "Vietnam" war is still progressing slowly - infrastructure - both in buildings and in human resources - destroyed during the war is still being. And the war ended 30 years ago. How long will recovery take in this case?

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