At historic moments like this, when nature gives humankind all it can handle, there is a sense and a hope that people will band together and help one another. Of course the inpiring stories of such a global neighborhood effort are in good supply.
But there are exceptions of a magnitude so great that they remind us that the only thing less imagineable than nature’s wrath is the potential depth of human depravity:
The United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund confirmed a case in Indonesia of trafficking in children orphaned or separated from parents by the Indian Ocean tsunami as ravaged countries were warned to be on high alert for kidnappers.
Reports of children being taken away surfaced soon after the killer waves swamped 13 nations, killing more than 153,000 people and leaving more than a million people injured and homeless.