China’s 50,000 Earthquake Victims: More Than Numbers

News reports numb us. The massive earthquake that hit China’s southwest provinces on Monday May 12th is just one example. We find it hard to imagine what it all means. Visualize a city of 50,000 people in Canada or the United States. Now imagine all the population being killed within a few minutes. Sobering isn’t it.

All of the 50,000 had families and stories behind their lost lives. I cry for the children especially. One minute they were in class revelling in the joy of learning, the next they were dead or severely injured as their schools came crashing down on them.

Here are some pictures from Reuters that tell the real story without words. Look at them and say a prayer for their young lives lost. Then when you read the reports of such disasters know the human tragedy is not just a number.

Feet of dead school children in wreckage.

Backpack placed next to schoolchild killed in quake.


4 Responses to China’s 50,000 Earthquake Victims: More Than Numbers

  1. stamperdad says:

    Me too, but like I say gets the number factor out of it.


  2. Auria Cortes says:

    Well, my heart just broke. Those little feet…

  3. stamperdad says:

    Thanks. I know I for one will not be brushing off the numbers in the future. The human stories behind it all are heart-wrenching, but bring out our humanity.


  4. Kip de Moll says:

    Yes, the picture of the feet really brings it home to our hearts.

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