Sunday, June 29, 2008

a touching comic strip of china's 5.12 earthquake stories.

i've received a forwarded email from my friend, which reads:

Hello. This is Coco Wang.

As you know the breaking news of 5.12 Earthquake in China, almost all the TV channels in China are broadcasting 24 hours non-stop of every development and stories of all the rescue operations in all damaged locations.

I don't know how much information the BBC or any UK media received from us, I imagine the UK audiences were presented with the major developments of the incident, but you are probably unaware of many important and inside details which are only known to people inside China.

The amount of incredibly moving stories of victims, rescuers, and volunteers is simply shocking at the moment. I have been collecting newspapers of all the stories, and telling them in the form of comic strips. I hope these stories could show the UK readers the love, warmth and courage of the Chinese people, also the sad and cruel reality of the horrible 5.12 Earthquake.

I am back home in Beijing now. Thousands of heart-breaking stories are happening 24 hours non-stop everyday, some are so sad that you can hardly bear, some are incredibly moving that you just can't stop crying... I wanted to go to the front to help with all those people, some of my friends have already gone there, but I heard that the traffic needed to be kept totally clear for rescue transportation at the moment, people like me without knowledge of first-aid and experience of rescue operations going there now would cause choas and trouble... but I can't just sit at home and do nothing, I have been crying my eyes out in the past three days, I have never felt more proud of my country and people... their love, courage and kindness rock me to my core! I have decided to tell these touching stories by drawing comics. I am going to send you comic strips almost everyday from now on, I hope you could know something about the earthquake in China, although you don't have to do anything, but I hope you could feel our love and hope.

Thank you all so much.


to frankly tell the truth i didn't responded alot to the sichuan province earthquake news. i just knew that it was a very big earthquake and many lives are taken. this comic strip, (luckily it's a comic strip as real pictures would be too horrible to see) really open up my eyes.

regardless on how authenticated these stories are, nevertheless it's all a touching stories, and a living example and showcase of human courage and spirit under dire disastrous conditions. damn at one point as read, i do feel my eyeballs getting wet.

a very thanks to the author of the strips who compilled and drew this strip and a very thanks to my friend who sended me this forwarded email. haha, frankly this forwarded email touched my heart and that i feel that i should post it up at my blog to share with others.

there's also one or two comic strips that is humorous, at least to lighten up the mood of the readers abit as most stories are sad one.

as a malaysian, we are truly blessed to live in a place whereby there's not much natural disaster. of course, there's the yearly haze and floods, but compare to other countries that have earthquakes, volcanos, typhoon, tsunami..etc.. we should really be glad that we live in such paradise.

before we forget, let us give a tribute to all the brave people of the rescue teams and the survivors, and the heroes that perish in order to save others.

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