Sparing A Thought For The Thailand Boys

The news that broke on June 23, about 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, was different from what the world has become accustomed to.

It is a matter that is far away from us and naturally as we deal with our own disaster back home, we would not be bothered to join the rest of the world to pray for the safe rescue of the boys.

The boys and their coach are believed to have entered the cave when it was dry, before sudden heavy rains blocked the exit.

They were found on Monday night by two British rescuer divers, on a rock shelf about 4km (2.5 miles) from the mouth of the cave. This was after they were trapped for nine days.

Rescue teams are raising against time to bring them out, as a deluge is expected to hit in a matter of days and could force the water level up, threatening to flood the pocket where the group has taken refuge.

Rescuers from the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom, China, etc, have joined the Thailand Navy to locate and get the boys and their coach out of the cave.

The mission, has not been easy, as the rains have not stopped. It was a relief when on Monday, the boys were located and efforts are now being made to get them out.

We at The Herald, join the rest of the world in prayers for a safe rescue of the trapped boys.

We also pray for the family of a missing woman in Kumasi, who is also yet to be found after heavy rains last week, destroyed properties, leading to the loss of lives.

The world is now a small place than we think, when the multi-storey Melcom shopping centre at Achimota collapsed in 2012, An Israeli rescue team came in, using sniffer dogs to help locate people buried under the rubble.

When the twin circle disaster ravaged the country, countries all over the world sent well-wishes and commiserated with us.

We stand with the people of Thailand in this difficult time and pray to the Almighty God to strengthen the families of the boys, as rescue efforts are underway to get the boys out of the cave.



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