I haven’t blogged since the new year began and now January is coming to a close. There’s been a lot going on. There’s a blog that I have in my head that I know will cause some backlash and I’m not too ready for the BS just yet. While I was contemplating when to publish my “pissed off masterpiece” there was an earthquake in Haiti.
It just didn’t seem right for me to write anything funny or angry – or even angry yet funny - when something so horrible happened.
When I think of Haiti I think of Wyclef Jean, Angelina Jolie and when I was a kid there was a big uprising when the people overthrew Baby Doc Duvalier. Although Haiti is the first black-led repulic in Latin America it is also among the poorest in the world. Now, they are hit with a level of devastation for which no one was prepared.
I’ve watched the images in horror and can’t imagine what life would be like if I were in Haiti or had family there. I listened to a little girl rescued after 10 days in the rubble with her little brother. Her little brother said God kept them alive. The little said that she’s happy to be alive but she watched her other brother die right next to her, begging for water. Then she had to stay there trapped with his dead and decomposing body next to her for days before her rescue. My mind can’t comprehend living through that.
Hundreds of thousands dead, a city in ruins, and a long road ahead for the people of Haiti. But in the midst of devastation I’ve also witnessed celebrities mobilizing with their exposure AND their money to help. The Red Cross has an impressive text campaign that you can donate $10 by texting HAITI to 90999 and it gets billed to your cell bill which has raised millions of dollars.
Proving, yet again, that in devastation there is hope.
I don’t think that I could have written another thing until I gave the people of Haiti a moment of my time.