Nicholas Laughlin at Global Voices writes:
Relief efforts are under way in southern Haiti, exactly a week after the country was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. As many desperate Haitians flee the capital, Port-au-Prince, for what they hope will be relative safety in other towns and rural areas, and as growing numbers of relief aid workers and foreign troops arrive, bloggers and Twitter users continue to report on local developments, make pleas for emergency assistance, and comment on the government and international response to the crisis.
- Musician and hotelier Richard Morse, tweeting as @RAMhaiti:
A 6 or 7 story hospital building collapsed and fell over on the Dessalines School. No chance 4 the children.Search&Rescue headed 2 St Gerard
- Radio and TV journalist @carelpedre:
I love haiti! I see hope and smile on so many faces today:
- Photographer Frederic Dupoux tweetingh as @fredodupoux:
Just spoke to a 5 y-o girl a block fell on her head its an open wound and there’s no help around. People around just gave her amoxiciline.
- Troy Livesay in Port Au Prince tweeting as @troylivesay:
Our clinic turned into a hospital,and our sewing room into a surgical ward,and an arm was amputated with a reciprocating saw.
This afternoon, feeling helpless, we decided to take a van down to Champs Mars (the area around the palace) to look for people needing medical care to bring to Matthew 25, the guesthouse where we are staying which has been transformed into a field hospital.
Since we arrived in Port au Prince everyone has told us that you cannot go into the area around the palace because of violence and insecurity. I was in awe as we walked into downtown, among the flattened buildings , in the shadow of the fallen palace, amongst the swarms of displaced people there was calm and solidarity. We wound our way through the camp asking for injured people who needed to get to the hospital.
Despite everyone telling us that as soon as we did this we would be mobbed by people, I was amazed as we approached each tent people gently pointed us towards their neighbors, guiding us to those who were suffering the most.
We picked up 5 badly injured people and drove towards an area where Ellie and Berto had passed a woman earlier.
Gwenn Mangine at The Life and Times of the Mangine Many in Jacmel wrote:
Mad props to my kids and staff. I miss being around them. Except Hugues, cause he’s there working alongside of us. Really hard– just as hard as we are, no, actually probably harder. Tonight he was just toast after another long day of carrying boxes virtually all day long. I told him that since tomorrow is his day off he should just take it easy and not worry about coming to the airport– we’d find someone to do his work. He refused. He said he wants to be there as long as we’re there. I tried to talk him out of it, but he says his country needs him now. I really, really love the spirit of Haitian people– love it, love it, love it.
This town, which on Tuesday was the epicenter of the earthquake, is living in the epicenter of oblivion.
Gwenn Magine wrote:
Out today from the UN in Jacmel— statistics ON Jacmel, which is a city of 34,ooo…
* 1,785 homes completely destroyed
* 4410 homes partially destroyed
* 87 commercial businesses destroyed
* 54 schools destroyed
* 24 hotels destroyed
* 26 churches destroyed
* 5730 families displaced
* Death count approaching 3,000 (nearly 10%)
Pwoje Espwa – Hope In Haiti, wrote from les Cayes:
Food prices are skyrocketing, as predicted. There has been discussion of moving children form PAP to Espwa, and we are willing to take them; transportation is being worked out, and it is not known how many will come or when. Two orphanages have asked for help so we are working on the logistics of this now. We will need lots of money to do this work. Cash is still what we need the most.
Trying to get word out about their community, Logou Corner wrote:
Our work in Haiti focuses on long-term sustainable development. But with a crisis as deep and broad as a crushing and devastating earthquake, any organization, groups of individuals, and individuals themselves would be in a rescue mode utilizing whatever resources they would have at their disposal to help people out. As hurting Haitians continue to stream back to their towns and villages, we know that the earthquake fallout even after the immediate initial relief will be felt and endured all over Haiti for many years.
These blogs and others like them don’t give us Pat Robertson’s accursed land, but one rich in people somehow coping with the insurmountable and who need our help to continue.
Interview transcript here.
There a Puerto Rican blogger writes of Haiti’s regional significance:
I have an old debt with Haiti. We all have. Haiti is the first womb, the place where the Caribbean was born, it’s the Africa from within, the unnamable pain, the scar. It was the first country in America where a black person dared think of himself as free, to think of himself as a leader of the people (Toussaint L’ouverture).
Haiti has paid heavily for this impertinence.
They are still paying.
The Old Empire that harbored a revolution (Liberté, Fraternité, Egalité) for the West has not forgiven them. Even they have not forgiven themselves, like those who have made a parody of the initial dreams of liberty, fraternity and equality (Henry Christophe, Duvalier, Aristide). And now this. Haiti under rubbles.
What sort of ancestral crime we have not finished paying for?
Why does the earth hate us so much (Le Damnées de la Terre, always, les damnées de la terre)?
How do we get up now?
Because the Caribbean cannot walk without Haiti.
It stumbles, it hits the dust.
It cannot keep on dreaming the dream that gave birth to it. It cannot keep on trying (egalité, fraternité, liberté) to make it a reality.
Haiti is falling again. And we are also falling.
We cannot keep on walking.
Not without Haiti.
Without Haiti we all fall.
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As many as three million people may be homeless, according to International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally. The Haitian prime minister said several hundred thousand people may have been killed in the quake, which destroyed most of Port-au-Prince.
“It’s going to be a real killer,” said earthquake expert Tom Jordan at the University of Southern California. “Whenever something like this happens, you just hope for the best.”
Troy Livesay tweeted from Port Au Prince about 3 a.m., Wednesday:
Church groups are singing throughout the city all through the night in prayer. It is a beautiful sound in the middle of a horrible tragedy.
Livesay’s blog here.
This twitpic account has images of the devastation.
You may view photos of the devastation here.
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Baptists are responding with aid. Initial efforts are led by Florida Baptists, “who have had ministry relationships in Haiti for more than 20 years and currently have six staff members who live and work in the country, said Jim Brown, U.S. director for Baptist Global Response. The Southern Baptist International Mission Board does not have long-term personnel stationed in the country.”
The Catholic Relief Service reports that the building opposite CRS Port-au-Pr office has collapsed. According to CNS, those reported dead include Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot of Port-au-Prince and Zilda Arns Neumann, a pediatrician who founded the Brazilian bishops’ children’s commission and sister of Brazilian Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, retired archbishop of Sao Paulo. The Vatican missionary news agency, Fides, reports that 100 priests and seminarians also were killed. The clergy, members of the Montfort order, were in Port-au-Prince on retreat.
United Methodist Church volunteers in Haiti who can be reached thus far are reported safe.
Haiti’s infrastructure was among the world’s worst even in the best of times, the country’s ambassador to the United States said Tuesday.
“It was a catastrophe waiting to happen,” Raymond Alcide Joseph told CNN from Washington shortly after a 7.0 earthquake leveled parts of his home country, cutting power and phone lines in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. “Sadly, it has happened.”