Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Reflections on a Tumultuous Week of World News

Boston Marathon runners
This past week has been a blur of violent events from around the world, which I have read with a sense of shock and sadness mixed with anger. From the terrorist bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to the rape of a 5-year-old girl in New Delhi; from the devastating earthquakes in Iran, Pakistan and China to the killer blast at a fertiliser company in a small town in Texas, so many lives have been lost or changed forever.

As an American living in India for the past two years, I was incredulous when I first heard the news of the Boston Marathon bombings. This lasted for about 30 seconds before I burst into tears as I read the news online over my husband's shoulder. I used to run marathons as purely a recreational runner and have done the Boston Marathon five times. My parents waited for me at the finish line one year and I remember the volunteers at the end of the course being phenomenal, mostly retired folks who just wanted to somehow be part of the event. It made me physically sick to think of any of them being in harm's way.

I am from Boulder, Colorado, which is a huge running town in the US and is the location of the Bolder Boulder, one of the largest 10-k races in the country. The race draws over 50,000 participants each year and is held on Memorial Day in the US. This year, I will be in Boulder for the race and plan to walk it with my husband and members of my extended family. I think there will be a big turnout this year, in particular.

I find it appalling that such a soft target as a running event would be used as a terrorist target and pray for everyone who suffered a loss or injury in the blasts. I also pray for everyone killed, injured or traumatized in the events of the past week worldwide.