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Haiti and its Aftermath

Monday, 18 January, 2010 - 4:10 pm

 A clip from CNN highlighting the intense urgency of the situation and in praise for the amazing work of the Israeli delegation.

Haiti and its Aftermath

The Haiti Earthquake has stunned us with terribly shocking images of the horrific destruction wrought by the 7.0 earthquake just a few days ago.  The pictures of collapsed neighborhoods, piles of bodies, all the injured and homeless lacking any help, and so many other painful scenes have been brutally painful to all of us. The sheer number of victims leaves us almost numb to the individuality of each life that has been snuffed out, as thousands of victims are buried in mass graves, nameless and lost in history.

The earthquake’s epicenter struck at the very heart of an impoverished country and on a population which suffers from terrible poverty and neglect.  The extent of this human disaster and the need to move quickly through the next few days is critical to saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

America has always been a pillar of hope, care, and justice for the world, whether in times of war or peace, and yet again America is moving quickly to help save as many lives as possible.  I am proud of the US Armed Forces and of the unbelievable charitable spirit of the American people uniting as one contributing funds, resources, and so much more.  Particularly heartwarming is to see how former Presidents from different political parties join together to help coordinate the fund drive and encourage the nation to pitch in.

In spite of the pain and despair there are moments of elation and hope, even in the depths of such disaster, as individuals are saved from the rubble and given another chance at life.  Personally, I found it extremely moving to watch how, after considerable drilling and maneuvering in one destroyed building, a survivor was finally pulled out alive, and the crowds reacted in spontaneous joy.  Or when a mother delivered a newborn baby in the first field hospital set up in Haiti by the 250 strong Israel Medical and Rescue and she named her baby “Israel” in appreciation for the delivering the baby who she thought would never make it.  It was moments like these which gives hope and reminds us of the individual human spark in each and every life: of the victims who died, the survivors who are saved, or those who aided their survival.

It is heartwarming to see the help that countries have extended to Haiti but upsetting to see some of America’s critics abroad not only failing to extend any help other than some token condolences but then criticizing America and suggesting that it has ulterior motives to take over Haiti. By the same token how many countries sitting on wealth and tremendous resources have yet to lift a finger to help Haiti or at least match what countries far smaller than them are doing for Haiti.

Too many times in our recent history nations have sat back as they watched natural and human inflicted disasters unfold in other countries and on different groups of people.  A disaster such as this one and with its magnitude yet unknown calls on us to act and to stand up, both in applauding our government, organizations, and other countries who have stood up and are doing so much, and also by each of us doing our part in this effort and giving financial or logistical help to this humanitarian disaster.

Living here in the Metrowest we sometimes wonder what we can do when we are so far away and so out of the loop besides the obvious of giving financial support.  But I think that after tragedies like these it is important to reflect on our own lives, our own families, our own communities and remind ourselves of the need to treasure each person and each moment of time a little more, and to remind ourselves of what our priorities in life should be.

I would like to close off by extending my personal deepest condolences to the victims and their families and offer my prayers for the wounded, the survivors and for the entire nation of Haiti.

 

Video Clip of Israeli Medics and Rescuers saving a girl who was stuck in the rubble for 6 days.
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