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Wednesday
Jan052005

The South Asian crisis brings out the best and the worst in people

The South Asian crisis brings out the best and the worst in people
people all over the planet are giving of their time and money to the tsunami disaster victims. One NGO working in the region has asked the public to stop sending it money. Governments of the richer nations have gotten their acts together and are now pledging substantial sums of money and putting their military to the task.
But on the dark side I have received several pieces of spam trying to con me out of money for the relief effort. In Great Brittan there have been reports of thugs robing collections of monies at pubs, and even  a rugby match.
But worst of all there are those who pray on the most helpless victims of all, the children.
It is believed that a 12-year-old Swedish boy injured in the tsunami may have been abducted from a hospital in Thailand
Kristian's father, Dan Walker, and his grandfather, Daniel Walker, found several witnesses who recognized the boy, who vanished from the hospital, 30 kilometres from Khao Lak.
The report came a day after the Swedish branch of Save the Children warned that children who ended up alone after the disaster could become targets for sexual abuse by pedophiles.
"The experience from other catastrophes is that children are particularly vulnerable," said the managing director of Raedda Barnen, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka
Indonesian officials said they had launched an investigation into the unconfirmed reports of trafficking in orphaned children from the disaster.

In a tragedy like this one can never be sure of what happened to those who are missing and these predators have that in their favor. However the attention that is being paid to Kristian Walker's plight may serve to save many more children as western law enforcement agencies become involved

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