A Different View of Haiti
To counter the many reports and images of desperate Haitians looting stores, I offer these first-hand reports:
From Amber Munger, working with KONPAY, in Port-au-Prince, Jan 15, 2010:
"In my thirteen years of working in Haiti, not once before have I seen such massive destruction as we are experiencing now. Nor have I seen such motivation, determination, compassion, and solidarity among people. When we entered portoprens after the quake struck, the city had fallen and was continuing to fall as a result of continuous aftershocks. The streets were full of people sitting together. Everyone was sitting in the middle of the roads for fear that the houses would continue to fall on them. They were singing. The whole city was singing. They were singing songs of solidarity. They were singing songs of thanks and praise that they were still able to sing and to be together. These people have lost everything. The city is now a city of refugees. But they are putting their voices together to be thankful."
From Danielle Saint-Lot with Vital Voices in Jacmel - January 15, 2010
We urgently need in Jacmel: an orthopedist, two anesthesiologists and a surgeon.
I am safe with my daughter and my staff in Jacmel. Jacmel old city
is completely destroyed. We are homeless and living in a camp in a
Catholic community with 200 people that have lost more than their
houses. We have been blessed.
In the Jacmel region around 2,000 families has been affected leaving around 20,000 people in very bad conditions. For the moment we have an estimate of 150 deaths but some children are still under a school building. We have set up 4 camps one of them with 4,000 persons.
I am part of the local camps management. We are doing our best to
manage the situation in Jacmel with the assistance of the UN and local
authorities. But we are still traumatized and are waiting for
humanitarian assistance. The earth is still shaking at night.
Early by 5:00 am every morning, for two hours there are like 500 - 600 people on the streets singing religious songs, dancing and blessing God for being alive. It is like a parade, the local way of healing their pain, it is vey impressive. A real therapy for these victims which have lost everything except their [f]aith.
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