On Friday, Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The Category 4 storm has brought extreme devastation to Texas and is now making its way toward Louisiana.
Thousands of homes have been destroyed and dozens of lives lost. The total damage that the storm is projected to cause is enormous. Yet, there is hope in the midst of the storm.
Over the last few days, the country has been increasingly unified in order to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Now, the world is becoming more unified.
On Wednesday, Taiwan pledged to donate $800,000 to hurricane relief efforts in Houston. While Texans are still focused on rescue efforts, Taiwan wants to help in the reconstruction process.
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, "The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), has decided to donate $800,000 for local governments and community disaster relief efforts."
Their translated statement sent to the Washington Examiner said that they made the decision in order to bring unity. They said that there is a shared sense of "solidarity with the victims of Harvey because Taiwan experiences typhoons every summer and fall."
Taiwan is no foreigner to natural disasters. They have experienced several extreme earthquakes and typhoons. Now, they want to lend a helping hand to another country experiencing disaster.
While the country is only about the size of the state of New Jersey, their contribution is extremely generous. Taiwan and Texas are different in culture, language, and tradition, and are separated by thousands of miles of ocean. But in times like these, we recognize that we are all brothers and sisters.
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