Floods in Pakistan and Afghanistan

I’m reading news of the massive, tragic flooding in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  I’ve posted in this blog before about terrifying natural distasters (though with the way we’ve altered our environment and the weather patterns of this planet, I wonder how long it’ll be before we stop calling these “natural” disasters), but I’ve missed posting about plenty of others.  It becomes overwhelming, I know, to consider the plights of so many people, so far away, so frequently.  How much more can we give?  How much more can we feel?

Never enough.

But never nothing.

If you haven’t already given your maximum affordable donations this year, please consider looking up ways to help those in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  (I won’t report a list of charitable organizations because most of the reputable ones have been working on these distasters all along, so their names will turn up on previous posts about Haiti and Chile; however, in this case, the Red Crescent Society would be a terrific starting place for donations.)  If you can’t afford to give any more financially right now–and I know we’re all pretty strapped these days–please spread the word to people who can.  Write letters of support.  Or just keep reading the news–don’t turn away.

Sometimes, just knowing there are people out there in the world who care can be help enough for someone suffering.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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