Haiti – A personal view

Disaster brings out the best and the worst in people.

Over the past few days we have witnessed some of the most unimaginable scenes in recent history.  A whole country all but wiped out by a natural disaster. Tens of thousands of people missing or dead. A people lost. A country, already struggling before the earthquake, now in ruin.

I remember how I watched the aftermath of the tsunami in similar disbelief, staring at the television, trying (and failing) to hold back the tears. The stories of death, the stories of life, the stories of rescue, of loss, of hope, of despair, of bravery. 

Again I watch. Again I stare. Again I cry. Again I donate what I can to the DEC Appeal.  Again I try and find a meaning to this. Why? How? 

This time I kiss my precious son while he sleeps and count my blessings.  I think of the babies and children who will never again be kissed by their mothers. I think of the mothers who will never again kiss their babies.

Then I see a glimpse of hope in the horror.  The first baby to be born in the Field Hospital set up in Haiti by the Israel Defence Forces.  The mother calls the baby “Israel” after the people who saved her. I cry again.

I think of those from across so many nations in the world, trained for this very moment, who risk their own lives to help others. I am stunned by them. I am humbled by them. I am proud of them.

The rescue effort has been far from perfect. There are stories of aid not reaching those who need it most. There are many people in Haiti who have not yet had the help they so badly need.

Yet, what this terrible natural disaster has proven is that there is so much good in the world. There are people who care.

We must all do what we can.


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