Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pray for Haiti

My heart goes out to the victims in Haiti. For those who haven’t heard of the devastation, where have you been? On Tuesday, Haiti, a country that shares an island with the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Sea, was hit by an earthquake of the magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale. For those of you who do not know, that is bad, like really bad! Haiti has had problems in recent history and is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere and this devastating earthquake has not only destroyed most of the country but the death total is believed to be as high as 100,000 people or possibly even larger. The Haitian people are asking for aid and many are trying to help but there is so much devastation that it is hard not to get too caught up in their pain. There are still search parties searching through the rubble that was their capital searching furiously for those who may still be alive but all the victims found are without proper place to go for medical treatments. Hospitals and medical equipment and resources are scarce and the people are asking for more aid. The images of Haiti contain piles of bodies in the street with people still searching for either more dead or possible survivors with their bare hands. Port-au Prince, the capital has been hit the hardest and many describe it as totally flattened. It is said that the earthquake was so strong that it was likely even felt in eastern Cuba and it affected approximately one third of the Haitian population. People throughout the world are doing all they can to help the hurt nation in any way possible. Recently, the Red Cross has set up a way for people to donate ten dollars to Haiti recovery by texting HAITI to 9099 or five dollars by texting YELE to 501501 which is associated with the Wyclef Jean’s Haitian yele charity. The amount donated whether ten or five dollars is then added to your next cell phone bill. It is said that over ten million dollars has been raised for relief through just Red Cross text donations. Recovery efforts have even caused people to drop their political aggressions for one another as President Barrack Obama met with both former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush to work together for the Haitian people. All three along with other leading politicians on both sides of American politics have reached out to the public to pray and donate for the people whose lives were destroyed this last Tuesday.

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