I came on this forum fully expecting there to be at least one thread on this--the death toll is over 50 thousand from the quake itself (it will be a lot more after the "second wave" of deaths, which is people dying from wounds, gangrene, exposure, disease, lack of clean water and food) and 3 million people are homeless. I believe I remember those stats from an article I read yesterday. Don't have words for the horror of it so I'm not going to even attempt. Spoke to friend who is of Pakistani descent--her husband's cousin's wife and children were all killed. She was collecting clothes, blankets, etc. to send to Pakistan. I'd just given some to help with the Katrina disaster! But we did gather some together and got soem from neighbors. Spoke to friend's husband again yesterday who said that it's pointless sending money as it's so corrupt over there it would nver reach teh right people. Extra sad.