Endangered Thursdays is normally dedicated to animals listed on the IUCN list all over the world to bring awareness to their plight. Today I’m switching it up and keeping it short.
As many people are aware, a huge hurricane named Harvey graced parts of Texas with its presence beginning last week. Houston in particular is now up to 50 inches of rain. That’s as tall, if not taller than the average human which means this city is underwater. Harvey has returned to land but this time in parts of Louisiana which is heartbreaking considering this is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, 12 years ago, that killed thousands of people.
At times like these, race, religion, gender, none of that matters. People from all walks of life are coming together to help their fellow man, woman, child and animal. From giant trucks that can drive through these floodwaters, to boat rescues, if an individual has it, they are using it to help. Homes and businesses that have not been flooded are opening their doors to take in as many people and pets as possible in order to ensure that people are not stuck out in this monstrous weather.
All over this country and all over the world people are donating from a little as a dollar to as much as a million dollars in order to help get hot meals, medical supplies and dry clothes to these people in their time of need.
What I want to point out today is that the people of Texas and Louisiana are not the only ones suffering at this moment. This hasn’t been televised as much as it should but the people of Southeast Asia are also being affected by catastrophic monsoons and landslides. Sierre Leone, in particular, suffered a massive landslide in their capital that killed thousands of people three weeks ago and it’s still going. This country has been asking for help from any country that can. Bangladesh, Nepal and large areas of India are also affected.
As the rain begins to wind down in Houston, we need to look towards our country’s allies and help them in their time of need as much as they have helped us in the past and continue to help us now. If you have a couple extra dollars to spare, consider donating to Unicef or Oxfam to help the victims of Southeast Asia. Even if it’s only a dollar, a little bit goes a long way.