Phuket Disaster Relief: Day 1 (Warning: graphic content)

38 Comments so far

  1. Nanette (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 1:02 am

    Wow. Simply wow. You are an amazing, amazing person for doing what you are doing. I commend you beyond belief.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 1:46 am

    You are a braver man than I, Paul, I’m not sure I could have kept my composure in the wake of such loss.

  3. Dinah Sanders (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 6:03 am

    Thank you, Paul.

    I don’t think I could have done what you did, but just as looking at the pictures before dealing with the bodies themselves helped you, hearing your story helps me build the strength and understanding I might be able to use to help in future (or to survive a disaster should I have the misfortune to be stuck in one).

  4. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 8:58 am

    It takes a special kind of person, that I’m not, to put words and thoughts into action like you did Paul. Thanks for doing something.

  5. lynn (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 9:08 am

    What you did was completely selfless and done out of the kindness of your heart for the hundreds of victims and their families affected by the tsunami. You are an amazing person, Paul, and you have my utmost respect.

  6. him (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 9:38 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with what everyone else has said, and so I won’t repeat it. What I will say is that it’s important the western world sees this kind of thing, so they understand that it’s more than some europeans and the occasional supermodel who is injured. CNN may present figures and footage, but it’s as far removed from reality as is possible and edited to make it palatable to the westerner.

  7. honeybuzz (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 12:16 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, Paul. What you’ve done is truly, truly amazing.

  8. nash (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 12:34 pm

    Thank you, Paul, for your help to our contry and for coming back to let the rest of us know and see what it’s like to be there. I simply run out of words to say now… I don’t have your courage. One of my friends came back and said the smell that came back on his clothes stay with him more than 24 hours. He was deeply distressed. And to think that he doesn’t know anyone who is a victim.

  9. pete (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 1:50 pm

    that’s my bro! proud to say that. wish i coulda been there by your side helping out.

  10. Baba (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 3:17 pm

    That’s probably the hardest thing I’ve read so far about the aftermath of the tsunami, because you showed the reality of it. I admire you, Paul.

  11. Melissa (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 9:15 pm

    Thank you. Your account brings to light the harsh realities of the tragedy. You are an amazing person for aiding.. Wow..

  12. no-i (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 11:04 pm

    Wow, definitely kudos to you for what you did… and thank you for sharing it.

  13. Cog (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 12:40 am

    “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” Henry David Thoreau

    Reading the altruistic efforts of persons, such as yourself, restores my faith in humanity’s ability to transcend idleness and contempt. Thanks.

    Among the dead is a cherished friend; he leaves behind a gorgeous baby girl.

  14. Bo (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 12:51 am

    You have my utmost respect.

    I only wish I wasn’t stuck in the U.S. and had the same opportunity to volunteer.

    (I hope you don’t mind that I took an excerpt from your blog.)

  15. Jesse Krembs (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 3:55 am

    Keep up the good work Paul. Please check out, we built it last we and it might be a useful tool for you to use.

  16. Shandooga (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 4:15 am


  17. Jo (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 5:51 am

    Thank you for sharing and taking the time to do this. The world needs to see these images and to help as much as we can. I hope everyone here donates and spreads the word!

  18. Jodes (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 6:40 am

    Thank you for your work. I wouldn’t be able to do it (low gag reflex, I’d be the vomit comet) but I appreciate that you are there and doing your best. My fellow workplace employees have donated $14 000 so far, with the company matching whatever we raise, as well as sending water and engineers. I hope that others can do the same.

  19. Ruth (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 6:41 am

    I think you are so brave and deserve the best things in life for ever from now on. I’m just sad that there are so many people who will never enjoy life again.

  20. Sharon Tate (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 6:58 am

    God Bless You!

  21. Linda (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 7:56 am

    Paul God Bless you!!! You’re doing the work alot of people couldn’t do. Thank God there are people like you.

  22. Vince (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 8:39 am

    My gratitude and amazement at your courage are boundless. As tribute to you and all the other volunteers, I have published the link to your blog plus all the comments.

  23. Peter Morlon (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 10:50 am

    Histore must recount the good as well as the tragically bad events that shaped our world. History never stands a chance without people like you, who document the details that makes history the valuable tool future generations will need to see exactly how events came to pass and give a meaningfull part to all those who perished. That is the least they should be granted. Lets remember them always.
    Your hard and meticulous work is incredibly valuable. Thank you

  24. Jacob (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 11:12 am

    Thank you for doing what many could not do and helping these lost souls. God Bless

  25. Amy Teo (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

    I live on an island, but the reality of the situation never hit the spot till I read what you’ve shared in your experience. Thank you for sharing this with us!!

    I wish I could help in some way…

    God bless you!!!

  26. Jen (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 1:47 pm

    thank you for your indepth report. this is a sobering look that i’m glad i read. after volunteering at ground zero, i remember my sense of anger and disbelief hitting me all at once. the effect this will have on your emotional state will no doubt stay with you for quite some time, so be gentle with yourself. your work will not go unnoticed.

  27. Matt Saunders (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 3:07 pm

    I am currently in Bangkok and would like to volunteer to help in any way possible. I would be prepared to travel down to the affected area if that would be useful. Please can you contact me if you can advise the most useful way I can assist.

  28. Elliot West (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 9:16 pm

    I am currently in China but would like to volunteer to help too. I am a carpenter/handyman and would like to make arrangements to come and work there for a month or so, beginning later this month. Like Matt, I would like to assist. Please contact me. Thanks.

  29. Jen (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 9:48 pm

    Thank you.

  30. Cathy Maclellan (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 11:45 pm

    Over 20 years ago, I spent a year in remote areas of India. I saw and did things that changed me forever. This couldn’t be helped but it can make life challenging sometimes. You are a changed person too. 23 years later, the images and experiences are as clear as ever but they are in a place and only come out ocassionally. You will find a place for this experience. Even so, it’s like a veil is lifted, a mystery not mysterious anymore. Your life is richer, fuller, never wasted. You have done a good thing.

  31. Jeena jacob (unregistered) on January 12th, 2005 @ 11:49 pm

    Paul, yours is an amazing story. Your actions reveal the extent of true human compassion. You have a strong spirit and true courage, God Bless You and your Generations for your acts of kindness.

  32. Roisin McKenna, Armagh, N.Ireland (unregistered) on January 13th, 2005 @ 3:06 am

    I’d just like to say, as an Irish person who has bever been subjected to such horrific and unimaginable tragedy, how amazed and inspired I am by your account, Paul. Such bravery and selfessness, yet I realise you simply thought “it has to be done”. Thank you for subjecting the truth to the world, especially to us who have nothing but the media to inform us. What I read in your account is extremely hard for me to take in! Yours is the most harrowing account I have read, and I now realise the true extent of the Tsunami tragedy. It really puts things into perspective. Thanks once again. I only wish I could one day have the courage and strength to do something as praise-worthy as you did, and not ask for any praise!
    Take care, and all the best.

  33. Bernard (unregistered) on January 13th, 2005 @ 3:21 am

    Thanks so much for a report that shows all aspects of life, from its horror to the true nobilty of the author’s soul. If there was any positive point in all this is that it seems to bring out the best in us, and especially those who have been in direct contact with the disaster. Paul we all owe you

  34. Fiona (unregistered) on January 14th, 2005 @ 1:16 am

    Paul just like to say how touched i am in reading your report. If you dont go to heaven who will! I can hardly imagine how horrific and large the scale of this tradgedy has been. May God bless you and give you all the strength to go on. Everyone here in Ireland are constantly thinking and praying for all at this hard time.
    “Go mbeannai dia duit agus Go raibh maith agat” (God bless you and thank you)

  35. Whiterabbit (unregistered) on January 14th, 2005 @ 6:09 pm

    You deserve undying praise and admiration for all that you’ve done to help the shattered victims of the tsunami. Well done and the best of luck for the future.

  36. Kira Jones (unregistered) on July 12th, 2005 @ 1:29 am

    Im AMAZED at the amount of work people put into helping others keep up the good work!!!!

  37. knuffi (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 5:02 pm

    Have anybody please a copy (picture of the list etc….) of the survivor-list from city hall at phuket from 27. or 28.12. 2004? Or videos and pictures about the situation at this time in and around the city hall.
    Please let me know per email above.

  38. alex (unregistered) on February 5th, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    Your spot to show me the heart

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