Monday, February 9, 2009

Videos, news and blogs - The Australian Fires.

It's hard to know what to do. Do I continue to watch the news reports and feel somewhat voyeuristic, or do I turn off the TV and then feel like I just don't care enough about what's happening to those poor people?
Six of one, half a dozen of the other I guess.
The death toll for the fires currently stands at over 170 and there is no end in sight. They figure it may be a further 3 weeks before they finally know just how catastrophic these fires truly were... and just how many poor souls were lost.

Here's a link for our Aussie "Today" morning show... with some incredibly inspiring, yet heartbreaking videos of what's unfolding with these devastating fires.

I also did a quick google of other blogs and thought I would share some of them with you as well.

Please keep us in your prayers... and while you're at it, say a prayer for the people in the northern part of the country who are suffering through massive flooding right now.

This truly is a country of extremes...


Angelena said...

You all are definitely in my prayers. How horrible for the loss of lives and property. We lost everything we owned to a housefire in 1996. It is utterly devastating. Thankfully no lives were lost in our house fire, but there are some things that you can never replace.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Good Morning (our time) TM,

Thank you for all those links. National and local isn't making it easy to find thorough coverage. I did see your Prime Minister last night calling this "Mass Murder." These have certainly been my thoughts.

I updated the post about the fires in light of your recent information. You are an incredible woman. It would seem the heart has no size limits where you're concerned Katie. I'm privileged to know you. ((((big, big hugs)))) right back to you.

Anonymous said...

The fires are just awful. I feel so bad for everyone suffering from them.
My thoughts and prayers being sent from Georgia.
It is so heartbreaking.
My thought and prayers for the flood victims also.


Anonymous said...

I am grieving for Australia. I will keep you and everyone over there in my prayers.

And how wonderful of you to offer to take folk in.

Such a terrible tragedy.

Sherri said...

Yes listening to the news is hard, and makes your heart feel even worse when you hear reports such as the Australian Government is concidering making evacuations mandatory instead of voluntary like they are now. EXCUSE ME!! WHAT!! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!! Yep, that is what was just reported, Australian Policy is evacuation is voluntary. I feel so sick to my stomach and it brings tears to my eyes just thinking that none of this (lives lost) had to happen. I remember when the Old Gulch fire happened in 1992, so many people lost their homes, people that I knew lost everything they owned. But the one thing I remember them saying is that they were alive and that's all that mattered. Things can be replaced, but to lose a loved one is a life time of heart ache. Take care and stay safe.

NaomiG said...

You are in my prayers, specifically, as well as Australia as a whole, and the apprehension of those who did this horrible thing. Came over from Robynn's...

Queenie said...

Even my own paper here in Maine is carrying the stories of your struggles and the loss of property and life. My prayers are with you and those in your beautiful country.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Thinking of you and sending up many prayers... so awful. God bless and take courage from all the good wishes winging their way to you. XXX

Bz said...

Oh my gracious... that picture of the billowy flaming cloud with the truck racing away... I can't imagine... just can't. Just take care of yourself. My prayers are there.

Narelle Nettelbeck said...

It's so great that countries all over the world are banded together praying for our country men and women who are suffering right now.

It touches my heart to see how Australians have just dontated so much to help their fellow man. Even my son's school are having a 'free dress' day so the children can bring their $1 or $2 to help other children in their country.

As horrible as humans can be sometimes and as disgusting it is to think that someone deliberately lit at least one of the Victorian fires, it's great that most people care and are generous when it counts.

Homestay Mama said...

Seeing all these pictures and so much devastation just makes me ache in the pit of my stomach for the folks in Australia. Will keep you in my prayers!

Linda said...

Thank you so much for posting that. We lived very near that pub and I hadn't heard much about Flowerdale.

SassyDog said...

There was a story on about a firefighter who saved a little koala. She was had burned her paws and she looked at him to say put me out my misery. He got a bottle of water and offered it to her. She drank it like a baby bottle. Animal rescue got her and she will ready in 5 months to go back in the wild. He is my hero! I am sorry for the loss of lives,animals and property. Utter devastation! Hope they find who started it if it was arson. Praying for you and your country!

Cathy said...

Hello TM
You know I seem to feel the same as you and echo your thoughts on watching/not watching all the media reorts now
After a while it seems like 'news chasing' and very distastful
Hope you are feeling more settled now
Take care

Tatersmama said...

I've had to just turn the TV off, because I can't watch any more of it.
I decided that in spite of the fact that I do care, there are better - and more useful - ways to help those poor people. Donating my pay... offering my home, etc.

I'll be making a post as to why this has affected me as much as it has and it's going to be a damn hard post to write.


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