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post #1 of 11 Old 01-12-2010, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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7.0 Earthquake in Haiti

This saddens me greatly. Haiti is already a 3rd world country with intense poverty...and now this. Last I heard a hospital collapsed, as well as part of the Haiti National Palace.
7.0 quake hits Haiti; could be 'catastrophe,' official says - CNN.com
Magnitude 7.0 - HAITI REGION

After something like this happens, it makes it hard for me to think about how we as people of wealthy countries, are able to take so much for granted. Now these people who already have nothing, are in trouble. I know this has happened before, in recent years, something tragic has happened in a country that suffers with poverty, but it's the first time I've actually sat down and thought hard about it. How can we just sit here, and complain about our problems, and not even think to be grateful for what we have, even if it may be more than some?

I don't know why I posted this. I just found it to be something worth thinking about and taking note of.


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post #2 of 11 Old 01-13-2010, 12:13 PM
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You have wise thoughts, irydehorses. I'm sorry for those who lost their homes or worse, some close people or a close person there .

Same goes with some past experiences. If you come for example across with photos taken in holocaust and all that pain those photos express. It puts you humble and think how your life is actually very well.


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It's awful. I donated money to a group who went to Haiti to help out. My friend went with them. When she came back she told me that they used to feed the kids a packed dirt filled substance to fill their stomachs.

Now this.........
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It's hard not to care. I've seen the homeless camps in my city and I've worked with their kids and I was saddened by that. I really cannot wrap my head around the fact that an entire country, over 80% is below the poverty line. And now according to CNN anywhere from 30k to 100k people could be dead in Haiti. More than 100,000 feared dead in Haiti quake, officials say - CNN.com
I think what hits home for me most is, that in the past year I have seen and worked with the scared homeless kids of this city. I still see some of their scare faces not wanting to play with us(a bunch of friends on a in-city mission trip worked with them for a week), and then I think about the kids in Haiti. So many of them are being sponsored through Compassion or World Vision, so many people here in the US are trying to help them have a better life there. And then there are those like one person here in my city, who was on the last stage of adoption for a young boy out of Haiti.
And then this happens. And you're left standing there. Thinking. Saddened. Feeling helpless, and knowing that all you can do is stand there and watch. The control tower for the airplanes in Haiti is out. The Haiti National Palace is in ruins. Hospitals and churches are in ruins. An unknown amount of people are hurt or dead.

How do we, from so far away, try to help? How are we, many many many miles away, supposed to feel? How are we supposed to act?
This is something that has hit me like a rock. It might have something to do with the fact that I was up until 8:30am thinking.
But...to me. You can't stop trying to help, until it's impossible. And nothing is impossible, just intensely difficult. And when things get difficult, you have to start to think about what you can do from where you are.


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I just heard that another 5.9 hit the Cayman Islands yesterday...and another 5.9 hit Haiti 9 hours ago. =( The poor people just can't get a break. =(


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Hope there won't be more aftershocks .


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Hope there won't be more aftershocks .
That's the thing...I'm not sure if these ARE aftershocks or not. It's been over a week...


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You know, I was just talked to a girlfriend of mine about this. She just got back from there, she's an RN and was providing medical aid the week before the earthquake.

Realistically when you look at the whole picture, this earthquake is the best thing that could have happened to them. They are now getting some medical aid which they never got before, along with food, water shelter, protection. Nothing of which they ever received until this disaster happened. Unfortunately it looks thousands to lose their lives, but some great things have happened because of it and this country no one even knew about is now front page and getting donations by the thousands.

My prayers will continue to go to hose men and women, children and all who have been and continue to aid in this terrible situation.
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This morning they recieved an aftershock of 9.0 on the ritcher scale. Aftershocks can last up to 6 months.
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This morning they recieved an aftershock of 9.0 on the ritcher scale. Aftershocks can last up to 6 months.
9.0?! O_o Ummm...I read on google's main page that they had another 4.8 and 4.9, 8 hours ago...but nothing that massive.


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