Haiti in Crisis

Pictures often say things no words can truly describe.  This image-article is dedicated to those who lost their lives as well as those struggling to survive in one of the Earth’s poorest nations…

On January 12th, 2010, Haiti was struck by a powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale.  This was followed by fourteen aftershocks – earthquakes in their own right – ranging between magnitudes 5.0 and 5.9.

Our hearts go out to those suffering from the aftermath of this terrible tragedy.  Nearly three million people have been displaced or affected, with a death toll expected to exceed 100,000 souls…

Picture courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk

Most of the hospitals and the one paved  road  in Haiti are in ruins.  People are sleeping in the streets, some injured, some lost, and some too young to know anything except their parents are gone…some still in shock at having everything they knew destroyed…

Picture courtesy of Nj.com Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk

When the earthquake struck, there was nowhere to run, no large back yard to stay in, no big open spaces where you could watch for falling debris…no safe haven…

Picture courtesy of Examiner.com

And yet still, many survived.  Thousands may still be alive, buried under tons of concrete and collapsed rubble…waiting, praying, alone and afraid.

Picture courtesy of Spiegel Online International

When I volunteered to write this brief article, I thought I would have too much to say to contain within a reasonable space, and yet I find myself at a loss for words.  The tears that stream down my face as I finish this aren’t visible from where you read this, but perhaps we share those too…

I am ashamed at how easy it is to forget the suffering of others as I go about my daily existence, sometimes cursing my lot in life as I struggle with what now seem to be so petty and inconsequential.

I am ashamed that there is a small part of me that looks at the children in the picture and thanks The Creator that this was not my children, even as my heart breaks…

No matter what your faith, color, creed, or religion – we are all people of Earth, born into one universe on the one planet we know sustains life.  Pray, meditate, bring these people of Haiti into your hearts and practices….we are all God’s children.

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