Sunday, January 17, 2010

reach out

The response to Haiti's plight has been so affirming of how borders and differences drop away in the midst of tragedy.  New and desperate emergencies will surface as the days move on and our financial support will still be needed to rebuild homes, infrastructure, lives, morale, broken hearts, and shattered psyches.  The trauma from this will live on in the minds and hearts of the Haitian people and in the relief workers who have witnessed almost more than a human can bear.  I have been so touched to see experienced, perhaps even jaded journalists succumb to sobs as they tried to convey the immensity of the calamity.  Both the victims and the people who have offered themselves up to help will be emotionally traumatized by what they have experienced.  Healing will take time.  The psychological treatment E.M.D.R. (which I have posted on in 2009) is the treatment of choice for post traumatic stress syndrome.  There will be many psychologists offering their services in Haiti, and to the relief workers when they return home.  Let's continue to offer a hand in whatever way we can for as long as is needed.....and it will be needed.....for a very long time.

11 comments:

  1. It is overwhelming and heartbreaking. The entire structure is gone. I don't know how a recovery from such devastation happens.

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  2. Bonnie, I am so very glad that the relief efforts seem to have got under way finally. Everything you say is true, it will take a generation for the wounds to heal, particularly as Haiti has not so long ago suffered another natural catastrophe.

    There is one thing I would like to say though. We in the UK were bombarded by a whole raft of journalists, all stressing the fact that Haiti never had much infrastructure and that the little there was had been destroyed in the earthquake. That there was no access for planes, and aid trucks. no means of communication. So what were the massed ranks of reporters doing there? How did they get in? How did they stay in touch with their national media minute by minute? And the Christian aid workers, i.e. missionaries, who left by the first available plane to get out of the country, without looking round first to see if they could hold anyone's hand or maybe dig a child out of the rubble.
    What was that all about?

    Sorry, I do get very angry sometimes.

    PS: Chastise? Only for your perspicacity. I have decided to let the real Friko come out from under occasionally. Was hubby pleased?

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  3. Friko: I did wonder some of those things too. They did some interviews of students and aid workers from hospitals in the U.S. - they must have been air-lifted out almost immediately....??

    P.S. Hubby is encouraging me to read your blog more often . . . What a service you provide for the willing masses!

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  4. I can't even begin to imagine how it must be to wait for desperately needed help, perhaps even knowing that it is relatively close but unable to be accessed. And for those who have gone to Haiti to help and can't get through to those who need it most - that must be a living hell too.

    How does everyone recharge their cell phones???

    The woman who called a friend in Miami from under the rubble and was rescued today (yesterday)was astonishing. I couldn't help but think of the others who might have had phones that were unusable. Unless you are face to face with a situation like this, it is unimaginable. And perhaps better so.

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  5. I know several of the missionary groups that were pulled out so swiftly have been replace with 4x the number of people. The churches, groups, etc. here have said they pulled them out for medical needs, etc. but have replaced each of them.

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  6. Hi Missy ... There are many missionaries that did stay - fine people who run orphanages etc. It also occurred to me today that a lot of people being evacuated will mean fewer people to house and feed on the ground - so they are getting non-citizens, tourists, business people out. Good to know that more missionaries are coming back to help.

    I think Friko and I were just wondering how some people were getting in and out so fast, when they were saying they could not get resources and supplies in ... it seemed quite contradictory.

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  7. my friend, that works in an orphanage in haiti has been sharing some of the stories. not only of devestation but of the response. while heart breaking, my heart is warm as well. shipping water out on wednesday, which they are expediting with the need. each little bit helps.

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  8. There are still people who have had no food or water since the quake and there are many people who have perished in buildings who did not die when the quake struck but have died since then before they could be rescued. Why is it that in every disaster it seems to take such a long time to get things organised and - as somebody on my blog said the other day - at the end of it all the "powers that be" will say that "lessons have been learnt for next time" - yet I understand that many who suffered in the earthquake in Pakistan are still living in tents - in sub zero temperatures. When I compare this with the enormous bonuses our bankers are now paying themselves I get very angry.

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  9. I watch the news reports and can only begin to digest the scope of the suffering and the helplessness felt by those there to help. Recovery will take a very long time and the scars will be there forever, on the bodies and souls of everyone who is there.

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  10. A tragedy of unimaginable proportions has happened, the world is responding with unprecedented generosity, but I'm getting a little concerned about continuing stories of relief not getting out to the streets. If that bottleneck doesn't get resolved soon there will be an even greater tragedy.

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  11. So true. We need to remember that once it is off the nightly news that the people of Haiti will continue to need our help. Nice reminder.

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