No Need for Luck to Survive: Why We Should Care about Disaster Risk Reduction

  • 2015•03•28

    Excerpt from the article by Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson in the Dhaka Tribune:

    “I would like to introduce Bonna, a girl born one November night in 2007 in Mazer Char, a coastal village in Pirozpur District of Khulna. It wasn’t just any November night and Bonna isn’t just any name. People in southern Bangladesh use “bonna” to describe flood and cyclone. The name was given to this little girl after being born the same night that devastating cyclone Sidr hit southern Bangladesh — a horrifying night that is printed deep into the memory of many Bangladeshi citizens. Sidr claimed the lives of four people in Bonna’s village Mazer Char, but up to 10,000 people in the whole country.”

    [The] Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 is a step towards action, towards making the world a safer place…The Sendai Framework is about prevention effectiveness and decreasing climatic disaster risks, limiting losses and damages, or simply saving lives. Sendai is also about Bonna and all the other people living in disaster prone areas of the world. It is about making sure that all the “Bonnas” in the world and their families have a shelter and enough time to put themselves and their assets in safety.”