Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Samoan Tsunami Recovery

Samoans everywhere, but especially in the islands, are not likely to forget the date of September 29th. That's because in the early morning of that date, 2009, a powerful earthquake sent a devastating tsunami to the south shores of the islands of ʻUpolu and Tutuila in Samoa and American Samoa, respectively, laying waste to almost everything in its path.

Governments, churches, and other non-profit organizations immediately responded by sending aid and long-term assistance to help both Samoas rebuild.

I haven't been back to the Samoan islands since finishing my mission in 2003, so I haven't seen any of the destruction or recovery first hand. So it's nice to read that things are getting back to normal.

Does anyone know of any continuing need for tsunami recovery assistance in Samoa?

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