A possie in Aussie

February 9, 2009

Victoria burns

Filed under: Climate change — Nayano @ 7:41 am
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More than 100 killed in one day. Thousands abandoning their homes. Many hundreds of homes destroyed. Thousands injured.

Could be any war zone. But it is the result of one day of bushfire in Victoria, south eastern Australia.

I feel distraught for the victims. Fearful that the same fate might be coming to the area where I live in South Australia where the terrain is just like Kinglake, Victoria, the worst hit. And I feel ashamed that I am thinking of myself, and have that weird ‘survivors’ guilt’ as well.

I also remember the refugees I work with, and realise the platitudes with which I have described their experiences. Watching survivors’ stories on the Age website gives another hard lesson that whatever our imagination, this never can match the stories of those who experience horror first-hand.

Thanks to all the bloggers who tell their stories from the midst of warzones, and tell the truth from the refugee camp of Kakuma.

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