Thoughts and prayers are with families in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan
A few days ago, my blogger friend Shirazi wrote so eloquently on the topic of community from an online perspective. The post is titled You are my community.
About 1 a.m. U.S. Central time on Saturday, I learned about the earthquake that shook Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. I checked with my Pakistani friend to make sure that he, his family and his friends were OK. They were. The news about the quake saddened me. At that time, the casualty numbers were relatively low, but even one death and one injury impacts us all. I said a prayer and went to bed. When I awakened hours later, I saw that the number of casualties had increased substantially and that the number was rising quickly. At this writing, at least 400 children were reported to have died when their school collapsed in northwest Pakistan.
Asia is part of my community. It is for this reason that I offer my prayers and light a candle, especially since the powerful quake and aftershocks occurred as Muslims celebrated the holy days of Ramadan. May we all offer our support for our friends in the countries impacted by the devastation.
Tags: Online Community, Earthquake, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, South Asia