Two Boston-area physicians who have traveled extensively in the Sichuan region of China since it was devastated by an earthquake a year ago have provided a thoughtful and moving assessment of the aftermath on the first anniversary of the quake.
Writing on abcnews.com, Doctors Kendall Krause and Charlotte Wu describe some of the successes of the Chinese recovery effort, but also some of the failings, told through the eyes of survivors and those who lost family members and are still awaiting new homes. Both doctors are graduates of the Yale School of Medicine. Wu is now a resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Krause is now a medical writer. They both traveled to Sichuan last August to provide medical help to victims, and returned recently to assess the progress.
They write vividly of people's losses, their continuing need for help and the tentative rebuilding in the region. The capture the concern about whether the Chinese government this time will avoid the construction and design mistakes of the past in an area notorious for frequent and destructive quakes. Almost 80,000 were confirmed dead, and more than 370,000 were injured, with millions of lives disrupted by the earthquake on May 12, 2008.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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