Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Earthquake

On Tuesday, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake ripped apart Haiti and flatten it’s capital, Port-au-Prince. If you flip on any television channel or peruse the news sites, you cannot miss the full coverage of this tragedy. Headlines read, “Sleeping among the dead,” “Haiti under rubble,” “Destruction sends chills,” “Girl pulled from flattened building,” and so many other heart-wrenching snippets that offer only a miniscule flash of the aftermath. I cannot begin to imagine how terrifying an earthquake actually is let alone the unthinkable horror that follows. The people in Haiti that survived literally are walking over thousands of dead bodies that line the streets. There is nowhere to burry the dead, there is no equipment to dig possible suriviors out of collapsed concrete buildings and there certainly is not enough medical care. The three Doctor’s Without Borders facilities located in Haiti are not capable of functioning. Those and other medical caretakers are forced to set up tents in efforts to treat the injured survivors. People are walking around with open head wounds and fractured bones. There is a video currently on the homepage showing the first moments after the quake. You can see outstretched arms from collapsed buildings begging for help.

The updates are coming in by the hour and conditions are calamitous.

Here is an easy way to help. To make a $5 donation to Haiti all you have to do is text the number 501501 and enter the word Yele. The $5 charge will appear on your phone bill at the end of the month. You can find more information about Wyclef Jean’s organization at the website:

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