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Temporarily on Break

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, January 8, 2005 Posted: 12:38 AM JST

Dear readers,

Right after the tsunami hit on December 26th, I travelled to Sri Lanka to cover the disaster. I ended up in the middle of the disaster area and got little sleep. Since yesterday I have been in Bangkok spending my days preparing for Aceh, Indonesia. Visa, satellite phone, maps, food, medicine, vaccinations, that sort of thing. Early Sunday morning I am off to Aceh. I am not sure yet when I return to Japan and regular working days, but It may be another 2 weeks. This disaster is huge and keeps me unbelievably busy.

I have not forgotten you, but as I work alone I am unable to do the blog and newsletters during the tsunami coverage. The newsletter however will continue as soon as I have finished this coverage. My sincerest apologies for the inconvenience this causes.

Unfortunately I lost a friend who was on vacation in Thailand. For those of you that have been affected by this calamity in one way or another, I offer my deepest sympathies. These are the worst of times, these are also the best of times. The world is pulling together like it hasn't for a long time. Let's hope that some good may grow out of all this misery.

For this year, that has begun so badly, I would still like to wish you the very best that life can offer. Life is a fragile treasure, cherish it carefully.

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