That is what happens months after a calamity strikes a society. The grief, tragedy and loss of the victims are buried under the pile of more current sizzling issues – issues that when looked upon closely deserve less audience compared to the intense need of the victims. But that’s just it.
After the news has gone stale, people naturally acquire a convenient amnesia to cover the fact that, NO, things aren’t still okay in the affected areas and that aid and relief operations are still very much needed. Let’s just admit it: not all people are willing to lend a hand and unconditionally care for years until full recovery. The attention lasts for a few months, tops. After that, the victims will just have to lean on the silent helpers of our society such as the devoted NGOs and various other humanitarian organizations to help them stand back up. But with the reduced work force, the supposedly resiliency of the said victims will diminish significantly so that recovery will take additional years to be achieved.
I am guilty of such charges. I was, at least.
I care enough ’til the fire burns out and then I just forget. I turn to the foolish optimistic side of things and think that the victims have also moved on from the tragedy just like how the media did. And that everything is alright now.
But attending the first meeting of our group with La Liga had me thinking. La Liga is a Non-Government Institution concerned with the Marikina Watershed and the area surrounding it after typhoon ‘Ondoy’ struck in 2009 where the cause of the massive flooding in Metro Manila was traced back to the Marikina Water Basin.
It amazes me how even years after the incident, La Liga, together with the Alliance of 7 (A group of the 7 cities closest to Marikina), are involved in a long-term project that aims to restore the forests surrounding the Marikina Watershed area so that calamities like ‘Ondoy’ will cause less flooding as well as damages.
I was inspired. Being involved in a great project like this concerning the welfare, not only of the current residents around the area, but also of the future generations that will reside there encompasses the true meaning of ‘helping’ in many ways that one.
If only we could all participate in a greater cause such as this.
If only all of us forget our Convenient Amnesias.