Friday, June 27, 2008

Your problems are my problems too...


originally uploaded by Rabujee.

Yes, we've gone through it before in the news: the ongoing energy crisis is a menace for drivers around the world. We all know how its been affecting OUR lives presently. But do we really know what others around the world are experiencing?

In Central Asian countries power generation is solely dependent on water based plants, which meant that the sub-zero temps and harsh winters this year froze over the water supplies that had not already been depleted.

So what were citizens left with? Not much. In some villages of Tajikistan, the residents received a max of only 2 hours of electricity in a day. During the nights, many reported layering up in jackets and sleeping under one blanket as a family to keep themselves warm. Sadly, hospitals were also affected by the outages so maternity wards had to pronounce many babies dead soon after birth (although the government will deny this).

Uzbekistan villages report reverting back to old ways to provide heat and cook food. The logging however has resulted in whole villages without a single tree intact. Of course that can't be good for their economy since villagers rely on selling fruit grown on those very trees to make a living.

Moving on down to Southeast Asia, Pakistan's power cuts averaged 10 hours daily and are still ongoing, even as the summer sets in and temps reach (and surpass) 3 digits.

I'm sure many similar stories reverberate across the world, for now these are enough to make us cringe. If that is the effect on us, imagine living through it all.

Lesson: Always look at those less fortunate than you, not out of arrogance, but to practice humility. Then count your blessings, become empowered, and make a move to HELP them in whatever ways, big or small.

6 comments:

Constructive Attitude said...

This reminds me of the blackout that we experienced in August of 2006(?)..that was the hardest twenty four hours of my life, and here these people are living like this for days, weeks, and maybe even months..

Snake Charmer said...

There has to be something we can do to help

Artistic Logic said...

i was wondering about that too (how we could help)

Artistic Logic said...

yea def they've been living like that for many many months...

Falling Up said...

Forget months, a lot of people don't even have power at all. We were in the ICU {in India} examining a case and the power went out..And the hospital didn't have a generator. It's insane.

But Alhamdulillah God gave us the gift of a comfortable life. "Comfortable" is an understatement. A luxurious life. We don't really have to worry about power, water, wether we will get dinner tonight...Alhamdulillah..

whitefawn87 said...

reminds me of how when i was in syria a week ago, the electricity and water kept going out... sometimes for a couple of days... and people.. instead of flipping out, just learned to deal with it. Makes you think about how whatever comes your way, whether good or bad, needs to be dealt with in optimism in order to reap the best results.