Saturday, September 11, 2010

Con Artists Capitalize on 9/11...While Poor African Nomads Give their Best to Help

I was looking for more experiences related to 9/11, and I found 2 stories which show a complete contrast in human behavior. The first one (from the 1/22/03 Awake!-"Watching the World") is a total disgrace, but the second one (from the 7/08/03 Awake!-"Watching the World") is a beautiful example of heartfelt generosity...

Con Artists Capitalize on 9/11
Less than a day after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, thieves and con artists began to take advantage of the grief and generosity that followed. Some posed as rescue workers and stole from the site. Even a three-ton earth mover was stolen one night. Swindles were rampant. Some people sold bogus bioterrorism-protection equipment and anthrax cures. Others sold fake Ground Zero dirt as souvenirs. A number submitted phony life insurance and property damage claims. One couple tried to collect money, saying that their apartment, actually located four miles away [6 km] from the site, was damaged by the disaster. Many received payments for “dead” relatives who were still alive or never existed. Peddlers sold items such as flags and buttons, saying that profits would go to relief agencies, but never turned over any of the proceeds. A number of con artists used Web sites to solicit money that they claimed would go to victims. Some took the names of the missing from posters and called up their families to get personal information that they then used to steal the victims’ identities. Investigations are continuing.

Late News, Prompt Reaction
“Skyscrapers are a foreign concept to the Masai who live in this corner [Enoosaen] of Kenya, where the tallest things on the vast horizon are the acacia trees and giraffes that feed on them,” notes The New York Times. “So when Kimeli Naiyomah returned recently to this tiny village from his studies in the United States, he found only the vaguest understanding among his fellow Masai of what had happened in that far-away place called New York on Sept. 11. Some in this nomadic community of cattle raisers had missed the story entirely.” When Naiyomah, who was visiting Manhattan on September 11, told villagers what he had witnessed firsthand some eight months earlier, sadness enveloped them, and they wanted to do something to help. The result was that 14 cows, one of the most cherished things a Masai could offer, were donated to aid the victims of the disaster. But with transportation a problem, the U.S. embassy official who accepted them said that he would “probably sell the cows and buy Masai jewelry to give to America,” the Times reported.

Also, here's some good articles on the website related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and one specifically for helping young people to cope with 9/11 and fear of terrorist attacks):

Coping With Post-Traumatic Stress - When Terror Strikes

PTSD-A Normal Reaction, to an Abnormal Experience

Young People Ask: How Can I Cope When Tragedy Strikes?