May 3, 2015
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
The Death toll in Nepal climbs above 5.000, officials say, with more than 10,000 injured. Shattered villages near the epicenter are hard to reach. Those are the startling numbers that indicate the scale of the devastation from the huge earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation on Saturday, April 25th.
Some of the grim figures are likely to get even worse as hopes of rescuing any more survivors diminish every hour.
Heartbreaking scenes of suffering and loss are playing out across this shell-shocked nation as it reels from its deadliest natural disaster in more than 80 years.
With an area of 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 27 million, Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country.Hinduism is practiced by about 81.3% of Nepalis, the highest percentage of any country. Buddhism is linked historically with Nepal and is practiced by 9% of its people, followed by Islam at 4.4%, Kiratism 3.1%, Christianity 1.4%, and Animism 0.4%. A large portion of the population, especially in the hill region, may identify themselves as both Hindu and Buddhist, which can be attributed to the syncretic nature of both faiths in Nepal.
Nepal is a developing country with a low income economy, ranking 145th of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI) in 2014. It continues to struggle with high levels of hunger and poverty. Despite these challenges, the country has been making steady progress, with the government making a commitment to graduate the nation from least developed country status by 2022.
On behalf of Holy Family Parish we have donated $5,000 to help the victims of earthquake through Canadian Red Cross. We really need your help. Please be generous. Make a note on your cheques: “Nepal Relief.”
I remember a few words from Pope Francis and they are worth reflecting again:
- Weep not for what you have lost, fight for what you have.
- Weep not for what is dead, fight for what was born in you.
- Weep not for the one who abandoned you, fight for who is with you.
- Weep not for those who hate you, fight for those who want you.
- Weep not for your past, fight for your present struggle.
- Weep not for your suffering, fight for your happiness.
With things that are happening to us, we begin to learn that with God nothing is impossible to solve, just move forward.