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UNICEF needs your donations to help the children of Peru Earthquake. (updated with youtube CNN video)

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 16, 2007

UNICEF needs your donations to help the children of Peru Earthquake.

PISCO, Peru – The death toll rose to 450 on Thursday in the magnitude-8 earthquake that devastated cities of adobe and brick in Peru‘s southern desert. Survivors wearing blankets walked like ghosts through the ruins.

Dust-covered dead were pulled out and laid in rows in the streets, or beneath bloodstained sheets at damaged hospitals and morgues. Doctors struggled to help more than 1,500 injured, including hundreds who waited on cots in the open air, fearing more aftershocks would send the structures crashing down.

Destruction was centered in Peru’s southern desert, at the oasis city of Ica and the nearby port of Pisco, about 125 miles southeast of the capital, Lima.

The United Nations said the death toll was expected to rise beyond the 450 reported by Peru. — read full article

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ALSO SEE: Erin Kotecki Vest’s post at BlogHer.org

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2 Responses to “UNICEF needs your donations to help the children of Peru Earthquake. (updated with youtube CNN video)”

  1. liara said

    Tragedies may appear to happen on a regular basis around the world. Yet, many people prefer to overlook or ignore crises unless these events have a direct impact. Does this mean these people choose not to find connections among perception of world events and their lives? Such behaviour may result less from de-sensitization to compassion than to an unwillingness to learn from life more generally as a classroom. What we choose to focus on or avoid is very revealing about our hopes, fears self-view and priorities.

  2. Very true. Thanks for your comment Liara.

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