A Baby Named Cyclone

Baby Cyclone born during Sidr

[Cross posted at Daily Kos, Never In Our Names, Taylor Marsh, and Diatribune]

Cyclone Sidr battered Bangladesh last Thursday taking an yet unknown number of lives in its path. The latest official reports put the death toll over 2000.  No one really knows how high the death toll will climb since rescuers have not yet reached all of the devastated areas. The Bangladesh Red Crescent is warning that the death toll could top 10,000.

As Cyclone Sidr was killing the people of Bangladesh, a little baby was born in the southern district of Barisal – the district that took the brunt of the onslaught. The picture you see above is his proud grandmother holding the newborn in front of the debris of their collapsed home. They have named the child "Cyclone".

I could write today about the horrible destruction that has occurred in Bangladesh. I could write about the many stories of death, the loss of homes, of essential crops, of the destruction of the beautiful Sundarbans. But there is a more urgent need today.

That need is that little baby in his grandmother’s arms. That little baby needs food, water, medicine and shelter. By the cruel chance of nature, that baby was born into a world of unspeakable destruction. We can change that.

We have seen the power of the Internet in bringing the world together, of fighting oppression, of changing lives. I urge you today to use the power of the Internet to change the lives of our fellow human beings on the other side of this planet. The need is urgent and time is of the essence. The survivors of the Cyclone will soon face water-borne diseases, hunger and dehydration unless help reaches them. Unless relief reaches the most at need the initial tragedy of the Cyclone will have been multiplied many fold.

So today I ask you the reader to help the people of Bangladesh at their time of dire need. I ask you to consider helping my people.

Thank you,


The following are some of the ways you can donate online:

  • Donate online at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Donate online at Save The Children

NOTE: I want to thank the readers at Daily Kos for raising awareness by putting this post on the Recommended List. I especially want to thank Dallasdoc and smintheus at Daily Kos for rallying the readers.


This entry was posted in Bangladesh, Human Rights. Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to A Baby Named Cyclone

  1. manush says:

    Your DailyKOS post has contributed tremendously in raising awareness. I salute you for your efforts.

  2. Mash says:

    Manush, the readers at Daily Kos helped push the post onto the Recommended List. A lot of people there have made donations. I am immensely grateful to the Daily Kos readers, two in particular.

  3. Pingback: Global Voices Online » Bangladesh: Helping the victims of Sidr Cyclone

  4. Pingback: How to Help Cyclone Hit Bangladesh « Ali Eteraz

  5. Pingback: Come aiutare il Bangladesh « Marco Secchi media venti

  6. Pingback: a nikonian’s blog » Blog Archive » Sidr and what’s next

  7. mariachi mama says:

    Another diary about Bangladesh at DKos


    Let’s keep commenting and recommending.

  8. Mash says:

    Thanks for giving me the link. I’ve been keeping a lookout for DKos diaries with “Bangladesh” as a tag. I missed this one. I just commented and recommended.

  9. ZaFa says:

    It is very uplifting to see so many NRB groups are taking up organized fund raising efforts…everywhere…

  10. Pingback: ClimateBD.com » Blog Archive » Not an early assessment

Comments are closed.