The Burning Down Under

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News from the Australian fires: Winds are fanning the flames; survivors are outraged at arsonsists, more on Sam the koala; and (sigh) melted turtle shells and scorched kangaroo feet. [CNN, News.com.au, Herald Sun, AP]

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A friend of mine who lived in Melbourne for several years at Junior School just learnt that one of her friends was made homeless in the fires - thankfully, she's safe, but so many of these people have lost absolutely everything. The extent of the devastation is just horiffic. I was on the verge of tears watching a news special on it. I can't even comprehend what it must be like for everyone affected.

If there is any human involvement behind any of these fires, I can't imagine a worse enough punishment for them.