Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A girl is found alive after 15 days under the rubble

Article from Reuters on line

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A teenage girl was pulled alive from under a collapsed house in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, 15 days after Haiti's devastating earthquake.

She was severely dehydrated and had a leg injury but was conscious when she was dragged out of the rubble by French and Haitian rescuers.

"I don't know how she happened to resist that long. It's a miracle," said rescue worker J.P. Malaganne, adding that the girl, named Darline, was happy, shocked and crying.

"She will live. She is only 16 years old and she has her whole life ahead of her," said Colonel Michel Orcel, a French doctor. "We are providing the care she needs and she will be OK."

Someone heard the girl's voice and urged local Red Cross and civil protection workers to send rescuers to the site, said Stephan Sadak, a member of the French rescue team.

The girl was trapped between a collapsed wall and a door in the remains of her home near a school in Haiti's coastal capital, which was destroyed by a Jan. 12 earthquake.

"She was able to survive because she wasn't crushed by the rubble and there was a space where she could lie down," Sadak told Reuters.

Rescuers did not know if she had water or food with her. "It's possible she may have had something, but not much," Sadak said.

One man fed her candy as rescuers neared her and a throng of neighbours cheered as she was pulled free 90 minutes after they arrived.

More than 130 people have been rescued from the rubble since the quake hit, surprising experts who believed they would not find so many survivors.

"It's not at all usual. It's exceptional," said Sadak.

Haitians are still appealing to search teams to go to new sites.

"We are the best team in the world!" the elated crew shouted in French after she was taken away by ambulance to a field hospital.

(Writing by Doina Chiacu and Jane Sutton; Editing by Kieran Murray)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Where is the help?

8 days after the earthquake in Haiti there are still people without water. Thousands of bottles sit at Port au Prince airport. Medical supplies and food, just sitting there.
I wonder how the other towns who are absorbing all of those refugees are going to fare? So many people as many as 200,000 have left the capital. People who are hurt are also leaving because they are not finding aid. I hope the leaders in those towns are active and vocal. There is so much international response to this crisis. There is so much people power and money, everyone should be able to eat and drink. There just needs to be some kind of grand plan that everyone contributes too. There has to be great transparency with the gov't because it has to be rebuilt. I wonder if it can happen. The enormity of the destruction is on such a grand scale it is humbling, it is sad, it is terrible.

When I see reporters calling people trying to get food, "looters" I feel the sting of racism and classicism. There has not been widespread looting or violence even though so much has been lost. I'm sure there were isolated incidents where violence happened.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Found in the Rubble

Hope! A week after the earthquake in Haiti they are still finding people a live in the rubble.

She is a true personification of the people of Haiti!

A family's determination saves a woman who was found and then given up on.

More survivors

From Dr. Sanjay Gupta's twitter page

the haitian spirit. people waiting patiently for h2o under ho... on Twitpic

Folks waiting patiently for water in Port-au-Prince.

Monday, January 18, 2010

When I see the images and hear the stories about what is happening in Haiti, it reminds me of an Octavia Butler novel. Everything is so apocalyptic and horrible. I've limited my exposure to media because I think it's traumatizing to keep looking at pics of devastation. In my true Libra I have to find the balance.

I found an article about a Haitian family with our last name. I called my mom and asked her if she had anything to tell me. She said there are Jean-Gilles' in Ti Goave, in Jacmel in Gonaives. They owned a hotel that collapsed during the earthquake.

Here is Nicole Lee is president of TransAfrican Forum. She gives some historical context to Haiti. It's Quick Time or Windows Media Player.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Young film makers from Jacmel whose school was destroyed in the earthquake in Haiti went back to the school and found some video equipment and have been on the ground in Haiti sharing what they have seen.

Latest News

Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince
How many lives could they haves saved? How much relief could they have given? How many infections could they have prevented?

A quote I just heard this morning on Meet the Press. A US general being interviewed is asked, "How many US troops will it take to get Haiti secure?"
And this general had just said he has not witnessed any violence in Haiti. He was in the streets of Port au Prince yesterday and had good encounters with everyone.
Sigh. They are preparing for the impending violence. Air space is being used by the US military stalling the help further.
So sad.
Haiti needs food! There are still people trapped in the rubble.
3 million people need food. Some people are getting food and water. People are getting medical treatment.

Haitian Times Newspaper have sent reporters to Haiti! They landed in the Dominican Republic and made their way to Port au Prince.

Here is Garry Pierre-Pierre story his first night out with the people in the capital.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti Cherie

My beloved country, how we suffer! Natural disasters happen, but they are so incredibly devastating to Haiti for many reasons. They are so bad because of things that happened in Haiti a long time ago and things not so long ago.
It started when the Spanish came and eradicated an entire civilization of Tainos. Then Africans were kidnapped, enslaved and brought in to work the fields. Forests were demolished to make room for the bounty of crops that the "Jewel of the Antilles" produced and exported. Which led the way to the current deforestation in the country.

Haiti was the only nation whose FREEDOM was gained through a successful slave rebellion. It was the 1st post colonial black people led nation! Slaves that ended their enslavement! They created their own armies to defeat those that had chained them.
In 1825 the French demanded restitution for money loss due to the slaves taking their freedom. And they had to pay so that France would recognize them.
Then then there are the coups that destabilized the government, corrupt presidents who stole millions, brutal dictatorships, embargoes, the slaughtering of millions of pigs in the 70's and 80's that Haitians counted on for food or to trade. US gov't forced Haiti to kill all because of "African swine flu" and then they had to import American mid west pigs who were not resilient.
And then there are the hurricanes.

Forward to our current crisis in Port au Prince. So many people have lost their lives. Numbers as high as 200,000 dead.
All of my immediate family is accounted for. A lot of good friends who have family have heard both positive and bad news. Mostly positive.
In Haiti it seems these tragedies they come one after the other, not giving enough time to get even rebuilt before the next event.

What can our hands do? Yes, hands move concrete! Families and neighbors move mountain of debris off of the living.
And wait.

I remember when I lived in Haiti when I was a child. My family lives in Gonaives which is in the north. I haven't been there since I was a kid. I remember freedom and security. I was only four and could walk alone or with my friend who was also four, to my aunt's house down the block.
I remember fruit trees. I remember the coral colored interior walls of our house, now broken and battered by the waters of Hurricane Jeanne that hit in Sept. 2004 and then a quadruple hit in 2008 by hurricanes, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike.

Port au Prince is devastated! I am watching and reading the coverage a lot. My husband tries to stop me or he tells me to lessen the amount of media I expose myself to. It makes sense. So, I've pulled back. I want to know. I need to know. There are still so many unaccounted for. The dead lay in the street. It's so much!

I had to stop and ask what can I do?

I decided to provide links about donating, news, twitter updates and history. History is important. In the wake of the earthquake many bozos have stepped up and claimed they know why Haiti is the way it is. pat rbertson saying some pact with the devil was made. When it was the devil who had his boot on the neck of the people. But they rose up and took their place in history.

What I'm feeling is more than 420 characters. I gotta do this. For my own sanity, so I don't feel so helpless. It is the social networking sites like twitter and facebook getting information EVERYWHERE!

Here are some links-

A site where you can post names of people that are missing and where they live.

This is Wyclef Jean's website. Please donate to Yele. They are on the ground in Port au Prince. Last night Wyclef said he spent the day with his wife picking up the dead off the street. He is on the front line of this mission to save lives. He is also calling on Haitians in the US to do something!

An amazing and right on article by the great writer Farai Chideya called
"Haiti is cursed-by our ignorance."

Young Haitian film students who survived the earthquake are working on the streets to get images of the earthquakes aftermath! They are in Jacmel Haiti an area hard hit by the earthquake.

Folks who are giving information from Haiti-
On twitter- I've been following Richard Morse who is in Port-au-Prince and is trying his best to get out as much information as he can.

This twitter page gives you blogs, pix, other tweeters all dealing with Haiti.

Dr. Sanjay tweeting from Port au Prince. He is on the ground helping the injured and reporting what is going on.

There is so much work to do.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Za's quote of the day

So I'm wiping her nose cause she has a cold. She gets upset. And I asked her what her problem was. She says, "I wanted to eat that snot."
Of course I gave her the schpeel about this we eat and things we don't eat.
Me, "When things come out of our bodies, it means our body doesn't want it. So we shouldn't eat snot because that's nasty."