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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
One Year Later
This is the first anniversary of the earthquake which turned the already beleaguered and impoverished nation of Haiti into a nightmare beyond imagining. We were all shocked by a death toll which exceeded 200,000 and the destruction of Port au Prince.
A year later the misery continues. The aid money which was raised in the billions has trickled into the country and to those who need it most. Damaged buildings are being demolished by workers using sledge hammers and pickaxes. Tens of thousands still live in conditions which led to the recent outbreak of cholera. There has been a wave of births including many to women who were raped.
Among the bright lights are the churches of Haiti, and the church-related ministries which are bringing relief through their partnerships. These ministries have been among the most successful in actually delivering aid and continuing to do the important work of education and health care. Here is a prayer written last year in the aftermath of the quake. It still hold true.
Prayer: Extend My Reach -- United Church of Christ
So far, Haiti seems so far from here,
where I live peering into a TV screen
broadcasting misery that splatters across my chest. I want the images to do more than make me ache.
I need cries for help to touch more than my ears.
I long to matter to people when they most need aid. So far, Haiti seems so far from my ability to help.
Extend my reach Lord.
May my meager gifts of money, prayerand a shoulder to cry on
help one more person than would be helped
if I just turn awayand do nothing.
What are your thoughts about Haiti a year after this disaster?