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January 15, 2005

National Day of Mourning

Tomorrow has been declared a day of national mourning by Australia's Prime Minister, in which churches are encouraged to hold services of remembrance. Our community has now held three different times of reflection and prayer, as well as promoting a fund-raising event, which gained quite a lot of community support.

While I appreciate the gesture, does it comes across as almost too late? After all, it has been nearly three weeks since the tsunami struck, there has already been a very broad community-based response, and the effects will be felt for months, even years. Cynicism towards governments in such circumstances isn't abated when it is discovered that much of the aid money promised doesn't eventuate, or is made in the form of interest-free loans, thus burdening these poorer countries with even greater debt.

Australians have been responsed with great compassion, and it is a great encouragement to see people's open-hearted generosity.

Posted by gary at January 15, 2005 07:54 PM

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