Tragedy In Haiti

The big news of the last several days, of course, is the earthquake in Haiti.

The amount of damage — and the possible loss of life — is absolutely staggering.  Early estimates had been as high as 100,000, though it’s certain that there’s no way anyone will know for certain anytime soon.  In addition to the high number of fatalities, Haiti is facing an immediate future without the basic necessities that you and I take for granted every day — electricity, water, and shelter; millions may have been left homeless by the quake.

The disaster only magnifies the plight of the people of Haiti, who have long lived in a country beset by political troubles, unstable and corrupt governments, and widespread poverty, which left the island nation as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere — and that was before this disaster struck.

At this point, there isn’t a whole lot to say other than to hope that the international community sends its help as soon as is possible — literally, lives are hanging in the balance moment to moment — and to say a prayer for those who have died as well as those who’ve been left behind.  Those of us fortunate enough to call the United States our home have suffered through our own calamities in the past decade — 9/11 and Katrina — but what’s happened in Haiti makes even those terrible events pale in comparison.  An entire nation lays in ruins this morning, and the future before its people is horrifyingly bleak;  as I heard a reporter from CNN say last night, many of the people in Haiti had nothing before the disaster — how can you be left with even less than that? — but now, so many are.

An excellent collection of pictures that should bring home the enormity of what’s taken place in Haiti can be found here.

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