September 11, 2001. Do you Remember that Day?
On September 11th, 2001, I watched with disbelief as the first plane flew into the Twin Tower. I saw it on television in a grocery story north of Toronto. By the time I got home, the second plane that hit. I am a Canadian, but it was also my tragedy! Innocent lives were lost, so suddenly. By the end of the day, commercial planes were flying Americans and others to Canada. The following day, I noticed a car with an American license plate and an older couple go into a large supermarket. I bought them flowers. I felt one with them in their tragedy.
This blog serves two purposes for me. It remembers 9/11 with pain, and it forces me to look at the same pain experienced by innocent people on any one day on this planet. In my opinion, one event does not distract from another in terms of innocent pain and suffering. Compassion should be poured out for everyone. We are ONE human family.
9/ll – 2001.
September 11th or 9/11 is a painful remembrance of those who died in the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon and in the four planes brought down by terrorists.
In the September 11 attacks, 2,996 people were killed and 6,000 people were injured.
In the four planes 265 people lost their lives and a further 125 died at the Pentagon.
It is a time to remember heroes: the paramedics, police, fire crews and other helpers who gave their lives. Since 2001, many of these heroic people died from 9/ll related illnesses, and are still trying to cope with devastating ill-health. Twelve percent (12%) of deaths in the Twin Towers were those of foreigners. Their deaths are recorded at 372.
It is good for us all to remember 9/11, and to remember the family and friends of victims.
A Day in Any Part of the World.
There are many tragedies that take place daily in our world.A tragedy like 9/ll should make us more compassionate to similar losses to our sisters and brothers world-wide. Innocent people perished in 9/11 and every day, innocent people perish through no fault of their own. It gives us a wider global perspective, and yet, this is not to take away the impact of suffering of 9/11. It is my attempt to open our eyes to all forms of tragedy inflicted on innocent and helpless humans/
Starvation Every Day in History
On any single day….it is estimated that up to 25,000 people die from hunger. That is one person, every four seconds. It takes on average 10 days to die from starvation. Often the victims are children.
War on a Daily Basis
Every minute over two people are killed in a war related incident or nearly 3,000 per day. (In Syria’s war, various groups put deaths at around 400,000 with up to 6.6 million displaced, homeless and in U.N camps.)
Rape USA on a Daily Basis
Statistics from various sources state that 1,871 American women are raped daily. (One source is the website LISTEN).
Rape in South Africa
The rate of sexual violence in South Africa is among the highest in the world. An estimated of 500,000 rape cases take place in the country, every year.
War on LGBTI Persons, Women, Children, the Elderly, the Differently Abled.
—-If you are interested there are statistics for the above. These despicable actions happen on a daily basis.
The Year 2013: Natural Disasters World Wide
22 million people were displaced by natural disasters in 2013. (U.N Statistics). The same year 30 million were refugees by war/violence. The Philippines displaced 4 million people.
Perhaps, you are annoyed that I am placing these statistics beside 9/11. Again, I have stated that 9/11 is a tragedy, but we have to also note the other tragedies that occur throughout the world on a daily basis. I think that one of the best and positive ways to remember the victims of 911, is to honour and fight for those who die daily as victims of terror. The terror takes various forms: lack of distribution of food and the other essentials of life. The terrors of wars, rapes, child trafficking, drought, floods and poverty. The terror of a lack of schooling and domestic violence.
Yes, honour the day of 911 – as well as remembering that each day can be happiness of terror to those living on this small planet.
Living daily is a challenge to us all. paula. Let’s work it out together.