On December 9th, there was a volcanic eruption on the White Island, NZ. Eight people are confirmed to have lost their lives while twenty people with serious bırns are being treated in various hospitals. Seven are still missing. According to a newspiece appeared on BBC News, spokesman of the family of Julie and Jessica Richards, John Mickel, said: “You live in hope that it’s not going to be your loved one’s name that comes up. The hope was snuffed out this morning.”
Although the proverb mistakenly declares, “Out of sight, out of mind.”, at such moments, the world becomes your shaken, mourning home despite the physical distance between you and the suffering sisters and brothers of yours. As unfortunate as it is to say, we are no strangers to mass casualties. In 2015, an explosion at a train station in Ankara claimed 105 lives, a year after that, another bomb took the lives of 28 soldiers, the same year, a terrorist attack in Istanbul killed 42 civilians. In 2010, a massive earthquake in Haiti took 230.000 lives. 49 were killed in the Orlando shooting in the U.S., in 2012 a teenager killed twenty students and six staffers in an elementary school. Last March, a mosque shooting killed 51 people in NZ.
Remembering these in a line, one cannot help but think that the world must seem to be holding an endless vigil when you rise enough to have a birdview look at it. Remembering all these also makes one to think that the whole world had been there; at the point when you suffer in the purgatory of not knowing.
The momentary shifts between hope and grief, craving for finality, being so desperate as waiting prolongs, that wishing to know where your loved one will rest becomes your wildest desire…
At such times we seem to remember the bonds of experience and empathy linking us together, as the members of the global household.
At such times, we also remember how important “Who?” is as a question, that knowing, hearing a name can lift some burden off the shoulders of the loved ones of countless victims. At such times, we remember that we have a responsibility to the public before any government or enterprise, a responsibility that is our drive.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives, are still missing and their families, For those who survived, we know that there are two recoveries; recovering from the burns and from loss and the memory. To them and to all citizens of the world, we say that we will do anything in our power to show that the world can be a place from which better memories could be harvested.