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13 April, 2011

SURVIVING TSUNAMIS AND EARTHQUAKES: JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.


The world is familiar with natural disasters as earthquakes and tsunamis. Many of us would remember the shock on learning that thousands of persons had lost their lives when natural disasters struck Haiti and Japan in 2010 and 2011. Sometimes precautions minimize or prevent deaths during these natural disasters.

Are we prepared for personal disasters? Can we survive an emotional earthquake or psychological tsunami? International Men’s Day ("IMD") can assist in minimizing the impact of misfortunes such as failures, disappointments and depression.

The supporters and coordinators of IMD are similar to the rescue teams and volunteers who willingly assist after a natural disaster. We are ready to help the grieving and the emotionally hurt. We are ready to comfort those who face discrimination and pain.

In 2010, there was a political tsunami when governments were embarrassed by the public exposure of confidential documents by WikiLeaks. In late 2010 and early 2011, countries endured political upheavals and social earthquakes as there were protests in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. These two incidents provide evidence that the global IMD movement should not be limited to the grassroots but include the improvement of international relations among world leaders. And, IMD must also ensure that political leaders are aware of the 6 Objectives so they will offer better treatment to their citizens.

IMD is an international rescue team with openness and transparency. We are always equipped and ready to help those affected by personal, political, emotional, social and psychological earthquakes and tsunamis.

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