Contribution by Cesar A. Muedas
A month ago today, on Wednesday, August 15, 2007, at 6:41pm CST, Peru experienced one of the worst earthquakes in its history. The magnitude and images of the disaster, already widely reported (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4), have more dramatic impact when we compare it against the destruction caused by hurricane Katrina: Accounting for ratios of population size, number of deaths, and national GDP, the August earthquake has meant for Peru almost 10 times the losses and damages experienced by the Gulf Coast.
Next Saturday, the United Peruvian Association in Nashville (UPAN) is organizing a special event to channel further assistance to the devastated areas. UPAN’s website offers details in Spanish, that we translate and summarize below.
Voices United for Peru
When: Saturday, September 22, 2007 – 6pm to 10pm
Where: Bethel World Outreach Center
5670 Granny White Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Admission: $5 (children under 12, free)
Latinamerican food for sale, music shows and performances (Oscar Perez, Danny Salazar, Grupo 830, Sheyla Hicks, Marlene Gutierrez).
For further details, contact Darwin Ubillus (firstname.lastname@example.org 615-822-8042)