Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Nicole/Tsunami Update... A Friend's Report

A friend is in Phuket and has been emailing back-and-forth with Morgan, who is in Bangkok and has Nicole's cousin Lindsay with him. He brought a brush with hair for DNA purposes but it was not accepted by the government cause they said they couldn't prove it was her brush. Her family did get something to them that was approved eventually but only because they had the FBI do the DNA and send it to the government -- lots of time wasted with bullshit.

According to friend, the Thai government is doing nothing, letting US, Canada and Israel (and any other government it can find) handle it all. Quote from friend, "Never seen an entire government with their fingers up their ass and just sit there spinning on it so they can look busy but they actually do nothing. The government there is the biggest folly." He really hates the Thai government.

Also, he says that malaria, cholera, dysentery are expected because dead bodies are decaying all over and the rainy season makes it worse and helps it spread; rabies is next cause the poor dogs are eating rats and any other dead animals they can find cause they're starving...They were people's pets and are frightened, wanting to play with people but they've consumed rabies and will give to others if they bite so they will be fed poisoned food to put down some 100,000 dogs. These were someone's loved pets but their owners are no longer alive...

He also says that the child slave trade is definitely in full swing. Anytime he sees a child alone, waiting for their parents to return, he grabs them and takes them to the closest orphanage or member of the clergy for safety. The orphanages are full; the children are now in tents without much food or water, and clothing is also a very big problem. My friend is building many houses with one big room and a bathroom for hundreds of people -- it’s done via a contract from Canada. This friend's contribution to the tsunami right now is over $300,000.

He added that Israelis were first to start doing the DNA tests....they identified almost every last Israeli there after hundreds were missing. They're now being approached by all other foreign nationals for help.

5 Comments:

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I can't imagine having to go through this in the middle of the probable chaos (which may or may not be the right word.

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

There are no words for this one.

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks, you two. It's been very hard on my friend -- both the one over there and the one who knows Nicole.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Thanks for the update.
It's important that people read about these things, no matter how painful. It was big news for 4 days and then it disappeared under a pile of fresher info- but for the people down there it will be 'news' for quite a while still...

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I couldn't agree more.

 

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