Prayers are with people of Gansu

Updated: 2013-08-06 10:06

(China Daily)

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Living in China for the last 10 years and being married to a wonderful Chinese woman, I consider China to be my second home. I have established many wonderful friendships with Chinese people. That's why any tragedy that befalls this land of glorious history moves me deeply.

I was saddened to read about the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Gansu province recently. I got a greater shock when I read that the area struck by the quake was just beginning to recover from weeks of torrential rain and flooding. The Chinese government rose to the occasion by sending troops and heavy machinery to help the rescue and relief efforts.

As a foreigner living in China I am aware of my limited resources, but I shall do everything possible to help the earthquake victims. The Chinese people have the grit and determination to triumph over this tragedy, just like they have done over many tragedies in the past. My prayers are with the distinguished people of Gansu.

Sava Hassan, via e-mail

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