January 15, 2010

More Sadness Than One Could Ever Foresee

Randomness on Haiti:

This horror in Haiti is unimagineable. Just like everywhere else, we're all collecting and doing what we can. Living in S. FL, we all know people from Haiti.

The thing is... I just reconcile myself that whenever I give, it's not getting there. There is so much need... so much corruption... so much sadness... so much poverty... so much... wrong.

Have you ever looked at Hispaniola on Google Earth? It's that big island that splits Haiti and the Dominican Republic. A couple years ago I pulled it up so I could show Mr. T the vast deforestation that has occurred. Pull it up... you can see.

Haiti: Brown brown brown.

Dominican Republic: Brown and green.

So much pain and sadness and death... for so long. I've never completely understood why it was OK for Cubans to be able to have political refuge here, but the Haitians not. Every year, those folks risk their lives to come to our shores... only for us to send them back. People dying at sea, being taken by traders who care nothing of their lives only their cash, dying on ships in cargo crates... roasting to death or suffocating. We read about that here... all the time.

This is just the next chapter in that horror show. A most awful chapter I could never have fathomed.

I think that if there is such a thing as reincarnation, anyone born in Haiti must've been a real SOB, a wife beating, thieving, child abusing, SOB to have come back and been born there. That's truly how bad their everyday life is for the average citizen... and now this.

My sons being Catholic and going to Catholic schools, my eldest has children in his classes that are Haitian. I cannot imagine going to school every day, wondering if my extended family was even alive.

It boggles the mind, it does.

We had a brief scare as a friend of the family does work over there getting medical to the people. He's a young man, a brand new graduate of Georgetown, speaking multiple languages... one of which is now Creole. Haiti is his calling.

And when the quake hit and I realized what had happened, that was my first panicked thought... was he safe? And he is. I feel certain he's one of the many who will be going over to help. He knows the lay of the land...

So much... heartache.

Posted by Boudicca at January 15, 2010 08:50 PM

Pat Robertson and Danny Glover are dingbats.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at January 15, 2010 09:44 PM

Yeap...Bad Bad Juju for certain. We just sent a hospital ship, an aircraft carrier, and a marine amphibious assault ship. I have a feeling our military will be doing more than recovery. They have no government...no one running the show. We'll end up protecting them from themselves. This is going to get worse before it gets better. Sad, but true.

Posted by: Yabu at January 16, 2010 08:16 AM

I've traveled there numerous times and you're right... it's a desperately bad thing. I have no way to find out about my Haitian friends. It's a wakeup call just to see how people live every day; I can't begin to fathom the desperation and suffering that's descended upon that forsaken bit of land now. I see the babies and toddlers and wonder where they're going to go after they're rescued... we have room here in my house for two or three of them at least!

Posted by: GradualDazzle at January 16, 2010 09:31 AM

I was waiting for someone to comment about Pat Robertson and Danny Glover. I thought so much about them, I actually had to give them an award back at my place for their humanitarian comments.

Sadly enough, we can help the people of Haiti dig out from this disaster, but we can do little to change the overall state of affairs there.

Posted by: diamond dave at January 16, 2010 11:57 AM

If you want to be sure the money 'gets there', find a charity that was already in place in Haiti before all this happened. Catholic Charities is one, but there are others (mostly religious based) that have already been there trying to alleviate the suffering these people have had for generations.

My husband also has a friend who landed in Haiti this week. She is part of International Medical Corp2 (imcworldwide.org and they also have a Facebook page). This is a group that has worked all over the world in poverty stricken areas.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at January 16, 2010 01:15 PM

Oops...should have been 'Corps' not 'Corp2'.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at January 16, 2010 01:15 PM

Sorry to take up so much comment space, but here is the blog of the woman I mentioned above. She also has a twitter on that page with some Haiti updates, and she's been interviewed a couple of times by Fox about what's going on in Haiti.

Marge in the Field http://margaretaguirre.blogspot.com

Posted by: Mrs. Who at January 16, 2010 02:20 PM