Once in a very long time, one has the opportunity or misfortune, to be front and centre at a natural disaster. While conventional media have covered the China earthquake well, nothing can match the first hand account through the eyes of this young women. I encourage anyone interested in the human spirit to follow this series over the next six days, even if it is only on my tiny Blog, it is a world exclusive.
Sichuan Province, China - An Inside Look
A Six Part Exclusive To The Blog
SINC SAYS: Today the Blog begins an exclusive six part series on the recent earthquake in Sichuan Province, China.
Our niece is a journalist and has a friend and fellow journalist who is in China and has been sending back e-mail reports of her experiences while working with an international film crew covering the disaster.
Jennifer Pak is a Calgary, Alberta journalist based in Beijing. She arrived in Sichuan two days after the earthquake struck.
The Blog wishes to thank Jennifer for the rights to publish her material and her photographs.
I encourage all Blog readers to take the time to read this series. It is both poignant and heartwarming in some aspects, but it puts you front and centre during the aftermath. This is powerful stuff folks.
We should be so lucky to live in a region unaffected by such natural disasters, but then again, one never really knows for sure.
Take a moment over the next six days and live what it was like to be there. The link is below in my signature to installment number one.
"The bodies weren't so disturbing, though the kids faces were beyond recognition. Some of the parents had to take two or three more looks under the sheets to make sure the body is in fact their child.
The most disturbing one was of a girl still clutching a pen. It happened so suddenly, she didn't even have time to react. The clock in the middle of town is stuck at 14:28, the time the earthquake hit."
I know there's only so much of this stuff normal people can take in a day, but if you'd like to see the "unfiltered" view of these two great disasters, you can check Sinc's blog or my friend Aye Aye's photo gallery.
And after you do, please consider making a small donation to relief efforts in China. If you are interested in helping the people of Myanmar, my friend Don who is living in the region can get your donation directly into the hands of suffering people (bypassing the junta). PM me if you'd like details.
SINC - the images and testimonials from your niece are... painful, but necessary.
Could you also provide links to any coverage by the newspaper of her work, which may not be included in the blog (there may be exclusivity issues)?
Sorry CM, but there is no other media using these works.
They were personal e-mails, and to be clear they were TO my niece, not BY my niece, from her friend.
I am the only one using them as my niece encouraged me to do so, to show at least a small audience the emotion of Jenn's experiences through her e-mails. She was part of a major television network crew filming the aftermath of the quake.
I have her complete personal account along with a couple hundred photos and I intend to publish many more photos as the series goes along over the next five days.
“I was outside the building and chatting with a fireman about the survivor. A young man in an army uniform passed by and was very excited to hear about a survivor. He said, "What's his condition? Just cut off his legs! Come on! We saved two people like that yesterday! What are you waiting for?"
As gruesome as it sounds, at this point in the rescue effort, life, at any cost is still worthwhile.”
"Among the wreckage I saw this one guy laying out photos he found. He sucked in his breath and said, "My god." His friend said, "I know, but it happened. What can you do?" None of the people who stood around flipping through the pictures knew anyone in them. But they all cried silently."