What the Tsunami Left Behind

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

The Tsunami disaster devastated so many lives, yet it feels so far away. One Valley man captured the aftermath on video.

His name is Paul Clamp and he just returned from a trip to India where he saw up close and personal what the tsunami left in its wake.

And he saw the difference one local business is making there.

Waiting. Praying. Reaching Out. Hoping they are the next in line to receive three scoops of rice.

"The people there are absolutely poverty stricken beyond imagination and really they are depending on this relief to survive, said Paul Clamp. "That's how bad it is."

Thanks to the Extreme Exposure Media Foundation 500 families had food on the table for the month of January.

"It's made a real difference in people's lives and its probably really kept some people alive," said Extreme Exposure Media's Edwin Clamp.

"I was surprised by their resilience," added Paul. "I guess they are just used to a way of life where they are just struggling to keep their heads above water."

Especially after that huge wave of water shattered their lives and for many of them their livelihoods- thousands of fishing boats turned to debris.

And as other bits and pieces of what used to be wash up on shore- no camera can capture the full story.

"It's hard to show what really happened because it's all gone," said Edwin Clamp.

But seeing such emptiness has filled Paul Clamp with an idea of how big a void still remains.

"I walked away with a feeling that I had accomplished some little amount and really it is so little," said Paul. "It's just a drop in the ocean."

If you want to add your own drop, you can donate to the Foundation at Rockingham Heritage Banks.

Or you can go to Extreme Exposure Media's website at www.eem.tv.

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