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Chile Remains An Area Of Concern And Interest. by Brian

by Open-Publishing - Wednesday 17 March 2010

Catastrophes South/Latin America Brian McAfee

Chile Remains An Area Of Concern And Interest.

The massive earthquake that struck Chile February 27 continues to have a heavy impact on the Chilean people. The 8.8 magnitude earthquake and the

subsequent tsunami has killed at least 497 people while about 500 remain missing. Considering the numbers injured and rendered homeless from the Initial

earthquake and the numerous aftershocks Chileans will continue to need assistance. Numerous countries and aid organizations have offered and given


Given the not that distant history in Chile of the Pinochet Dictatorship the aid and assistance that has come in from Cuba, Russia and Bolivia are

particularly interesting. Cuba flew in a team of doctors and a field hospital, Russia flew in rescue workers and humanitarian aid, in Bolivia, president Evo

Morales and his vice president Alvaro Garcia are donating half their March salaries to earthquake victims in both Chile and Haiti, this in itself is not hugely

significant but but if other political leaders did the same they would be showing a degree of decency often in short supply among politicians.

Some aid organizations that are working with the ongoing relief effort in Chile are SOS Children’s Village which has been active in Chile since 1965,

www.childrensvillage.org, OXFAM has been helping with the earthquake relief since the guake struck February 27, www.oxfamamerica.org, and Red Cross,

www.redcross.org. When contacting these agencies please specify that it is for Chilean earthquake relief.

Brian McAfee- brimac6@hotmail.com