Sunday, January 24, 2010

Help Haiti

While getting ready on Friday night I tuned into "Hope for Haiti Now". Over 25 networks worldwide aired the 2-hour telethon, organized by George Clooney. I honestly just sat on my couch and cried as celebrities told stories of individuals suffering in Haiti. Anderson Cooper reported live from Haiti throughout the night, interviewing children who were rescued days after the earthquake only to learn all of their family members had been killed. My heart aches for Haiti. I feel sick inside when I watch the news or read articles about the fatalities. Besides setting a record for the most money raised by a disaster relief telethon, the charity's Hope for Haiti album - featuring performances on the telethon by Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Madonna, T. Swift, Bruce Spingsteen, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, etc., became the largest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history. Quite impressive.

I can't believe the tragedy. With death estimates ranging from 50,000-200,000, bodies were first piled in front of the morgue, just to be relocated to mass graves. Most are unidentifiable. All are laid to rest without proper Haitain burial rituals, an extremely significant aspect of their culture. Haitians are known to spend more money on burial procedures than their living conditions.



A recent NY Times article quoted Anderson Cooper one of the first nights he arrived in Haiti. "Hug a loved one close and thank God you are not in Port-au-Prince tonight."

I hear it's caos. I hear survivors are struggling to find food, water, and adequate medical attention. I can't even imagine the difficulties they are facing. And as I sit in my comfortable apartment I feel guilty. I feel fortunate. I feel blessed. I wonder how I got so lucky.

Haiti, I am so sorry. I cry for you. I pray for you. My heart goes out to you. There are people everywhere pulling for you.
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