I’ve been watching the coverage of the devastation in Haiti and I’m having a hard time wrapping head around how awful it is. The only characterization that comes close is hell on earth. Imagine what it must be like there right now. People are buried under rubble and calling out for help as other people work to dig them out with their bare hands. Over the next few days, because it is so difficult for rescuers to work their way to help the victims, those calls will become fewer and further between. That has got to be the worst part for the survivors right now, knowing that people – including children – are dying underneath the rubble but those are unable to dig them all out.
On Fox News today, Shepard Smith was talking to Steve Harrigan about a mother who had lost all five of her children in the earthquake. This woman was in such despair that her husband was doing all he could to keep her from doing something rash from the grief. While discussing this mother’s loss, Harrigan commented that what made this tragedy even worse was that she was alone. No one could come to help relieve her pain. That was when he had to stop speaking in order to maintain control over his own emotions.
Over the coming days as the bodies rot in the 90 degree heat, those who have survived will have to deal with dysentery and cholera. Unless doctors and other aid workers can get anti-biotics, other medicines, and fresh water to survivors, many more will die painful, drawn out deaths. I am being honest when I say I could not handle being surrounded by the death, desperation, and chaos without going insane. Those missionaries who have dedicated their lives to relieving the suffering in disaster areas like Haiti have my total respect.
If you are able, please consider donating to Haiti through a reputable charity. I donated to Samaritan’s Purse, which is Franklin Graham’s organization. For something this devastating, charities are the most efficient means to distribute monies and supplies because they have much lower overhead and many already have missionaries embedded in the country. Charity Navigator is a useful resource for finding good charities. You can search for your favorite and see how efficient it is with its money.
For up to date information and commentary on Haiti see The Anchoress. She has so much information. Much of it is unbelievably sad, but if you’re looking for a comprehensive source, she’s it.