Anshu Gupta

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Indian Ocean Tsunami


Man sitting on a heap of clothes received as contribution for the victims of Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004.

The aftermath of the tsunami saw over 412 relief camps built across the state of Tamil Nadu itself to house approximately 309,379 people displaced as a result of the disaster*.

Contributions received as relief material after a disaster often starts looking like a dumping yard. There is a visible mismatch between how you contribute and what you contribute. Even if someone contributed two new shirts in that dump of clothes nobody will dare to pick it up as it looks like waste. The callous attitude adopted by people while contributing in times of disaster rips the victims off their dignity. We forget how these people were leading a well off life before the disaster hit, this kind of treatment is absolutely brutal towards their self respect.

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