DESPERATION

The synonyms for desperation include worry, fear, anxiety, distraction, nervousness, harassment and extreme anxiety.

Try this for desperation. It had been raining for three straight days! A mother leaves her house for work, as usual, on the third day. There had been no day off announcement from her bosses, although the inclement weather could have influenced one, and hey, she had to put food on the table for her children and dear father-the children’s grandfather. For all intents and purposes it was just another ordinary Thursday; in fact the first Thursday of the April of AD 2014. A routine 8:00 to 5:00 day, just like any other!

There had been no flood warning. In fact the Mataniko River had never burst its banks; not in living memory anyway. All things considered; the Mataniko River was tame! Even during cyclones Bernie (1982) and Namu (1986) she hardly caused a stir! All she did was assume a dirty brown hue and maybe gently covered her banks to put new silt, but still continued to meander her merry way without causing too much damage.

When she flooded the only other tell-tale sign was the widening of the river mouth.

In fact if you were a resident of the river bank you would be duped into thinking the river did not flow at all until you saw a leaf floating by. So when the government-some years back-gave warnings not to build houses on the flood plains of the river, nobody took notice.

On that fateful Thursday the river burst its banks in an unexpected and unprecedented flash-flood! She washed away all before her as if she was venting her pent up anger, and frustrations, anger and frustrations that had simmered and built up over the years. Houses, chattels, and people-the most vulnerable being the elderly and the children-were swamped and carried out to sea; there was no discriminating. Those swept away included the mother’s father and her children and their house.

Where is the desperation you ask? How about hoping that they, her loved ones are still alive? How about please Lord just let at least one of my family members survive, as the days grew into weeks? How about where will I get the money to rebuild my house-there being no insurance cover? How about money for food for the next few weeks (most Solomon Islanders do not have any meaningful savings)? How about will there be any financial assistance from the government to help me start over? How about the help, although she hopes, that may never come from the government because some government minister (or ministers) wants to use the victims, including her, as pawns in a political game to trump up support in the coming elections? How about the trauma of self-blame-‘why them and not me they are just children’? How about, is there any future at all, the future looks so bleak? How about is there anybody out there who will help to some degree?

I could go on ad nauseam but I think you catch my drift.

To compartmentalise her situation via the synonyms of desperation above would be grossly inadequate. Her situation is all of those synonyms put together and then some.

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS BEING BENEVOLENT? WHY DON’T YOU HELP IN SOME SMALL WAY? THE TIME MAY COME WHEN YOU WILL NEED SOMEONE’S HELP.

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