Wednesday, July 19, 2006 by Mariskova
And then the NHK 9 0'clock (PM) English news program covered the disaster. I learned from the news that 400 people died, hundred are still missing. I also learned from the news that there actually was a 40-minute gap between the quake and the tsunami. Yet, there was no warning. That warning, just like one hotel manager in Pangandaran said, could save more lives. Like a slap on my face, the NHK narration said something like, "recently Indonesia has been hit by tsunami and earthquakes. But it seems like Indonesia doesn't learn its lesson."
Here I am shocked by the news. Here I am gaped by the comment. What can I say?
To all of you affected by the disaster, I pray that you are given strength. Strength to face life, to bear the pain and burden, to carry on. My words may mean nothing to you. Still... I pray you strength. May God help you...
"Mereka tidak menjadi lemah karena bencana yang menimpa mereka di jalan Allah, dan tidak lesu dan tidak (pula) menyerah (kepada musuh)." -QS. Ali Imran: 146-