Grief and Devastation
2 January, 2005
MEULABOH, Indonesia, Jan. 1 – A dozen towns that once thrived near here are gone. Some 10,000 people have been buried, local officials say, and the effort to collect bodies cannot keep up…
…It is a picture of grief and devastation beyond that of any other in the dozen countries hit. Apart from a few sturdy mosques and buildings, there is simply nothing left under the mountains of black mud and debris.
The death toll is currently estimated at 140,000. It’s impossible to comprehend. Of course, my local paper knows how important a story this is…that’s why on Friday’s front page it was below a story about the Rose Bowl. I hate my local newspaper.