I'm thinking of China this morning in light of the terrible earthquake that struck Sichuan province. A 7.8 is hard to imagine. This statistic floored me:
A further 10,000 people were injured in the county, where officials said 80 percent of buildings had collapsed.
The extent of the loss of life is now unknown and, given controls on news in China, probably unknowable. We are profoundly privileged to have adopted a daughter from China. That and our recent trip there makes this much more real to me in a way that so many stories of distant disasters are not. One thing we noticed there (at least in Hubei, if not Beijing) was an extraordinary sense of community that was starkly different than the anonymous urban spaces of America. I hope that sense of community serves the people of Sichuan well in recovering from this disaster.
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