By now, everyone in the world knows the unbelievable catastrophe the capital of Haiti is going through. A city of three million inhabitants and countless other visitors saw the mass burial of 40,000 of their own so far. Other bodies have been laid out on the streets waiting for processing before burial. There are many others trapped underneath the rubble either alive or dead.
This catastrophe did not just affect the Haitian people. This was a disaster with a multinational affect. The United Nations suffered the most losses in their history when their peace keeping and humanitarian mission collapsed. Virtually every country is reporting the status of their own people, alive, missing or confirmed dead in Port-au-Prince.
Aid is coming through from medical assistance to food and water to rescue operations. Yet, there had been issues with the logistics of getting this necessary aid, provided by 37 nations and various non-governmental organizations worldwide. The U.S. Department of Defense wondered if they tried a food drop how much of a riot would happen amongst the Haitians on the ground scrambling for that necessary aid. Their fears are beginning to materialize, as there are reports of gangs running through the streets setting off concerns about potential violence throughout the ruined city.
Haitian-born superstar Wyclef Jean called the earthquake Haiti’s “apocalypse.” Yet, other Haitians noted that their people have gone through so much with hurricanes, political unrest and perpetual poverty that they have always been able to be resilient to the worst of situations. They simply need to get through the most critical moments by ensuring healthcare, food, water and shelter gets to them immediately.
So, ask yourself: What more can I do? Is the donation I did via a text message going to do anything right now? Can I go to Haiti and help out? Is there anything else that can be done in the meantime?
There are also questions that have been brought up. For one, why help Haiti? Why help the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere when there are problems here at home? Then, you must question the questioners - to put the Rush Limbaughs, Pat Robertsons and other detractors in check for their lack of care for humanity in the face of catastrophe.
Even as the economy is trying to gain traction worldwide, we know that we can only do so much for others while trying to go forward with our own lives. If we can give, we do. If we can’t, there are ways to be there for those suffering tonight in Port-au-Prince.
Please pray and send thoughts for everyone on the ground in Port-au-Prince. Please pray and send thoughts for those still alive time for healing and for the dead to be remembered regardless of nationality. And please pray and send thoughts for Haiti
Thank you et Mesi Boukou,