This summer I traveled to India, spending nearly a month in Chennai. Several years earlier, I traveled up and down the coast of South India, visiting many small fishing villages. Walking on Marina Beach in Chennai, this summer, I watched boys playing cricket in the sand on a Sunday morning and a karate class meeting with their master. I was horrified, therefore, to read about the tsunami that devastated coastal areas all around the Indian Ocean a few days ago. The death toll is over 100,000 and still climbing.
I read, in the Chennai paper, about how the boys playing cricket on Marina Beach were swept away, along with most of the karate school. All over the world, people are donating generously to help the victims of this calamity, including wealthy people in all of the affected countries. The U.S alone has pledged $35 million in relief aid. Most of the people hurt by the tidal wave were desperately poor to begin with.