It's hard to watch TV or read about the tsunami disaster without choking up. Blogs are contributing too, by enlarging our understanding of people who live their lives in places far away.
"These are fisherfolk who are not with any village," says Arul, a social worker accompanying me, "but they have lost their nets and catamarans. The government is not recognising their loss, or putting them on any of the compensation lists. So we are doing all that we can."
We carry with us a couple of stoves and relief kits with us. The inhabitants of those huts rush out when we reach there, and seem overjoyed to see us. But that is not because we have brought them things. It is because someone actually cares to see them, and acknowledges that they exist. They don't get that often.
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