Wounded Valley

Heart wrenching scenes in our hospitals are enough to move even the most insensitive. Young boys, ladies, and little children having received bullets, and pellets, are battling for their lives. It is certain that most of these injuries are going to affect the lives of the injured for long time. It will not only have a cost in terms of pain and disability, but also economic. As in the past we have seen that the agony of the affected families doesn't end soon. In absence of any institutional help the miseries only pile up. So this situation is throwing up a huge challenge in terms of taking care of the families that have lost their dear ones, or have now to take care of the injured. First things first, while we mourn the loss of more than 30 lives, we must come forward to help the injured, and their attendants in various hospitals of the valley. We know that our hospitals are short of infrastructure to meet an emergency of this scale. We know that the entire valley has come to a halt and the attendants can not move out to get the required things. So it is the responsibility of us as a society to come forward and arrange food and other items for those in hospitals. While we are going through painful times, it gives hope that people have come forward and taken care of the injured. People are going to hospitals to donate blood, pool money to arrange food for not just the attendants of the injured, but all those admitted in various hospitals. All those who have come forward at this critical juncture need to be applauded. It is a collective moment, and like the floods of September 2014, we must recognise the efforts of our people who despite difficulties came to the rescue of the people who needed help. This organised effort is commendable, and one can hope that it grows into an institutional effort that takes care of the affected people in the times when they are usually forgotten.  

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