Tragedy and Devastation

Essay by mareesaHigh School, 10th gradeA, November 2007

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Since the beginning of time, our world has been gripped by tragedy and devastation. We have watched destruction unfold as the tsunami, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the war in Iraq shook our nation to the core. All of these events have left a scar on the face of humanity and an emptiness in our hearts.

On December 26, 2004, the hopes, dreams and lives of many were washed away in the Indian Ocean tsunami. Tsunamis are formed by the violent movements of the earth’s plates sending mass amounts of water in every direction. These destructive waves destroyed 12 Indian Ocean coastline countries. This natural disaster destroyed what little some people had, and stole the lives of loved ones. These waved claimed approximately 150,000 lives in 12 countries. They took people out of their homes, swept them out to sea and destroyed everything they owned. The tsunami is indeed a destructive event that the world has been forced to witness.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was the worst act of terrorism the United States has ever seen. While the world viewed the tragedy of these acts of hatred, we searched for the words to express our feelings, but for most of us, we were left speechless. Roughly 27 hundred people lost their lives that fateful day. Although this terrible event happened 5 years ago, families and friends still feel the emptiness and the loss. Not only did this event destroy landmarks, but it destroyed lives, dreams, and the hearts of the ones they left behind. This is definitely a devastating moment in time.

In hopes to calm the fears of future terrorist attacks, the United States forged ahead in war. However, the attempt to help us, only hurts Iraq and its people. During this war, families were...