Joining forces to help Japan

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am

The world is in shock but by no means depressed after Japan was hit by one of the most destructive earthquakes in its history. Many believe the end of the world is near. The more destructive a natural disaster is, the more insignificant people seem to be. But I am amazed by how Japan's people have bravely faced the disaster. They have shown a lot of courage.

After the quake hit, people used public telephones and headed back to their towns in an orderly manner. Schools were opened for victims to stay. Some vending machines provided people with free food. The media has not exploited the victims' grief. It has done its best not to sensationalise the news. People have been helping each other. I think we should all learn from this.

The most powerful force in this world is not natural disasters but human kindness. This is certainly not the end of the world. We need to believe in each other. Express your sympathy and kindness, and make the world a better place.

Tracey Lee, Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Tracey. Many readers have written in about the quake, showing how caring and concerned Hong Kong's young people are. It is always hard to make sense of a disaster on this scale. It will take days, possibly weeks or months, before we know how many people were killed.

But it is awful to think of people being reduced to numbers.

One heartening factor has been the world's response. Teams from China, South Korea and Taiwan have rushed to the scene. The Americans and British are also helping in any way they can. As the magnitude of devastation becomes clear, more rescue and recovery teams will be mobilised to help.

There is no doubt that Japan has faced one of its darkest hours. The Young Post team sends its sympathies and condolences to all those affected.

Susan, Editor