Ten years on: Oxfam digests lessons from 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
CNN) — Almost ten years ago to the day, the world watched aghast as scenes of carnage unfolded across the countries of the Indian Ocean.
The 2004 tsunami was one of the most devastating natural disasters in living memory and the donor response — a huge outpouring of governmental and private support — a heartening riposte to what was a hugely traumatizing event.
It has provided an ideal case study for disaster relief, and an Oxfam report, published today, examines the lessons that have been learned, as well as areas that the humanitarian relief sector still needs to improve upon.
The tsunami, which hit communities as far afield as Thailand, Indonesia, Somalia and Madagascar, was sparked by a massive, 9.1 magnitude earthquake which struck off the western coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
The immediate impact was devastation. A staggering five million people needed humanitarian assistance in the first few days following the incident.
The hardest-hit countries — Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand — were among the poorest, and the disaster only compounded the developmental and societal issues those nations were already facing.
Oxfam says the response to the humanitarian catastrophe was the “largest-ever privately funded response,” with private donations making up 40% of all money raised — an impressive $5.4 billion, which came close to matching government donations of $6.4 billion. A further $2 billion of disaster relief funding came in the form of loans and grants.
Oxfam itself raised $294m for the tsunami relief effort, with over 90% of its funds coming from private donors.
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As the above news, huge natural disaster increasing more and more, and people can not help but face on those disaster shiftlessly. And people do their best to help the victims by donating various fund for charity. However, these man’s way is not the fundamental relief.
But, God granted us the perfect and fundamental way to avoid the last disaster through Passover. Let’s see the history of Israel that God saved the Israelities during Exdodos through Passover.
“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Ex 12: 12~)
The first coming Jesus established the Passover which is the only way to escape from the last disaster for all mankind.
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” (Matt. 26:17~)
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”(Matt 26:26~).
Do you know the only church which keep the Passover according to the teaching of Jesus in this age?….
The Bible clearly testifies that the only church that exclaims and teaches the way for salvation around the world is the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) established by Ahnsahnghong. Hopefully, all people in the whole world could receive the eternal life from the Church of God where they could learn the truth of God through the Bible, rather than learning the salvation from our own thoughts and minds.