And another question for you all- why is this disaster getting so little attention:
Up to 15,000 people were killed and seven million lives left devastated by the cyclone in Bangladesh last week, aid agencies have said as the full extent of the disaster became clear.
The Bangladeshi Red Crescent Society, the country’s main humanitarian group, said that more than 3,000 bodies had already been recovered from villages shattered by Cyclone Sidr’s 150mph winds.
While the official death toll remains low, Save the Children last night said that it feared that 15,000 people could have died while the Red Crescent estimated around 10,000.
An international relief effort, supported by donations from the UN, Britain, US and Europe, was slowly grinding into gear yesterday as the International Red Cross estimated 900,000 families had been affected.
Compared to the Tsunami in 2004, it has received almost zero attention. Why is this? Do we have a “been there, done that” attitude and are just waiting for the next new and exciting disaster that captures our attention? Or is because of what region was struck? Or are we just overwhelmed with other headlines? is it because a tidal wave is much more sensational than a predictable storm? Was it because it did not hit a resort area and there are no personal videos to show?
I am genuinely curious, and not trying to make a statement or guilt anyone, I just want to know why one event would receive so much attention, and the other is met with a collective yawn.