News from Third and Second Worlds––Same O, Same O, Only Worse

posted by John J. Jr. @ 12:02 PM
August 19, 2013

Dispatches from our Newspaper Boys and Girls Around the World:

sudan-flood    Sudan:  Beginning the first of this month, heavy rains and flash flooding from annual rain falls have displaced some 150,000 people in Sudan, half of whom are in the capital Khartoum.

The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the rains toppled over 26,000 houses, and brought some 56 victim to their deaths. The homeless sleep on streets. This year’s flooding is the worst in years.

Indonesia:  Volcanoes and earthquakes continue to shake many of this nation’s hundreds of islands.  One of the hottest volcanoes in years at Mount Rokatenda, in East Nusa Tenggara province, led to evacuations of hundreds of villagers, and at least six deaths.  Other villagers refuse to leave their homes.

AFP News says: “Rescuers have been battling through roads blocked by ash to reach affected areas and persuade reluctant villagers to leave their homes. More than 500 have so far been taken off the island to a camp in Maumere, on Flores.

“There are a lot of people here who seem to be traumatized due to the eruption,” says Bakri Kari, from the rescue team.  “Many lost their homes after they ran in a panic. People are in despair.” A 6.3 earthquake’s center was in the sea.

Philippines:  A typhoon dubbed Utor hitting this island nation with gusts of 124 miles an hour brought floods and mudslides to remote towns, destroying roads, farms, trees, homes and untold numbers of deaths.

Japan:  Kids reporting to Earthend journalist Feermeno say that at least nine people died from heat stroke in Japan last killing-heat-wave week as the temperature there hit 106 degrees Fahrenheit.  In July massive heat waves there killed at least 12 people.

The government is begging people to stay indoors, drink plenty of liquids, and use their air conditioners, putting more strain on an already over-loaded system depending on coal and oil since the Fukushima nuclear shut down in 2011.

China:  The kids say Feermeno is in China covering the execution of two men in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture after violent unrest among Muslim populations.  AFP says China calls them “terrorists,” but freedom rights groups argue China uses that term to justify force against Muslim Uighur minorities. Is it because China doesn’t want people believing in any god other than the state?

I sent these dispatches to my Dad and Brother Michael for their prayer teams, as well as to Jael, hoping she assigns a blog about people in Communist countries willing to die for their faith, and those in our country who give up very little for their faith in The LORD Jesus Christ.

As wholesale Christian tee shirts say, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased (Hebrews 13: 16).”

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