Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THAILAND'S RESCUE OF THE WILD BOARS


"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."

~The Secret Garden~

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Today I wanted to mention how happy I am for the people of Thailand, for the families of those young boys and their young coach trapped in the caves in particular, who have now been rescued.  I have been following this story since it began, each day hoping for good news.  

When I heard about the volunteer diver who was once a Thai Navy Seal, Sgt. Major Saman Gunan, when he lost his life, I was horrified and greatly saddened for his loss, and for his family.  It brought tears and also the realization how very dangerous this rescue mission was.  He was a brave man, all the rescuers were/are. 

 Then the news of volunteers from around the world coming together to help.  It gives one hope, this whole story was one of hope. Whenever a disaster happens humanity is at the forefront, it melds together and all the negative factions disappear. Those who would have us believe otherwise usually have an insidious agenda, and they momentarily disappear in a puff of smoke. With everything else going on in the world we needed a happy ending, and I fervently hope there will be more happy endings. 

The country of Thailand and its people are a good example for us all.  No one is pointing fingers, no one is condemning.  All the families of those children encompass so many wonderful qualities,  non-judgement and love being two.  Amazing people, and those sweet young children whose soccer team is called the Wild Boars, when cleared by the medical personnel, will soon be home. I borrowed an artist rendition of an illustration that is making its way around Thailand.



The young man, Ekapol Chantawong, who is holding the young Wild Boars in the illustration, is their coach.  He was the weakest when found, giving the children all his water and food in the early days, taking none for himself. Only 25 years of age, he lost his whole family to a disease that went through his village when he was only ten, was a Buddhist Monk for several years, and taught the children meditation to keep them calm.  He kept those children safe until they were rescued.



16 comments:

  1. He must have thought it was safe. I hope he doesn't blame himself.

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    1. I hope so too, and he sent a letter to the parents apologizing. Their reaction was to tell him to please take care of himself and to wrap himself in a blanket and other encouraging comments. When you see those families of the children talking very highly of this young man, there is only love.

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  2. I had no idea about the coach! This is amazing to me. The rescue is so wonderful, I did not think they would all make it.

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    1. I was filled with dread many times during this operation, and at its height after the young volunteer diver who was so experienced, lost his life. It was only then that I realized it was as dangerous as it was.

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  3. Wonderful, wonderful news. And I join you in grieving for the Seal (and his family) who died bringing this amazing achievement together.

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  4. This was a wonderful post, Denise, and while some may think this young coach acted foolishly at first, he is definitely a hero. And sad about the diver who lost his life in the rescue attempts, another hero. There are so many others as well.

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    1. Thank you Dorothy, I have read many times it is easy to point fingers from afar but none of us know the exact circumstances. No doubt the story will come out eventually. I have friends who are spelunkers. I tend towards claustrophobia so could not and would not, but they have a lot of fun doing what they do, and that is exploring caves. Also Mother Nature can be fierce and unforgiving. Water can rush in like a freight train, there might have been no time to get out. Heartbreaking about the volunteer diver and for his family. Many heroes in this story.

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  5. I was so relieved yesterday when they news stated they were ALL out... and I agree, the outside world is always there when a disaster happens and gives proof that our world is not as bad as we might think it is... so happy for the rescue

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    1. I agree Sandra, not as bad at all. I am still paying attention to their progress and hopefully they will be home with their families soon.

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  6. It was sad that the one diver had to die, but so great that all the children and thier coach made it out before the water rose even more. Take care Diane

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