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Over the past 10 days, millions of people have generously donated money
to help those effected by the Indian Ocean Earthquake & Tsunami. It
is enough to restore faith in even the most hardened cynic—but sadly,
it may fall short. The United Nations states that the death toll is likely
to be over 150,000. Just think about that number for a moment. Mull it
over. Think of the neighborhood, village or town where you grew up and
imagine every last person swept away by menacing walls of water one tragic
morning. I graduated from U.C. Berkeley—a school attended by about
30,000 students. That's a mere fifth of the number of lives taken. How
do you make sense of such a huge figure, when it represents so many men,
women & children? The media coverage of the Tsunami is encouraging,
but I know the day will come when interest will wane. The satellite trucks
will leave the shores of Southeast Asia as a different, sexier story with
"legs" demands air time and wins the 24-hour news cycle. The
recovery efforts are expected to continue long after that day comes and
goes. Years, some say. So whenever you happen to come upon this page,
think about giving, whatever you see fit, however you can. Someone will
still be in need.
Sumi Das has over 10 years experience
as a broadcast journalist. Most recently she worked as a correspondent for
MSNBC covering breaking
news for the cable news channel. Prior to that, Das spent 5 years at TechTV
as both a producer and host for Fresh Gear, a weekly program focusing
on the latest technology gadgets, gizmos and developments. Das also anchored
and reported for TechLive, TechTV’s daily news show. For
her work on Fresh Gear, Das received 2 Northern California Emmy nominations.