Overcoming Compassion Fatigue
By dave donaldson
July 20, 2011
In January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. The disaster killed more than 250,000 people and left the small island nation—the poorest country in the western hemisphere—devastated.
Then, in March 2011, an 8.9 earthquake struck Sendai, Japan. Not only was it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, it also resulted in a 30-foot tsunami that spawned fires and killed hundreds of people.
As images of human suffering filled our television screens, there was a global outpouring of prayer and financial donations to aid the victims. Undoubtedly, the record financial donations for these disasters were in part responses to the strong and widespread news coverage these events received. However, media attention is a double-edged sword ...
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