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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thoughts and Prayers for Haiti

I was all set to write tonight about how my evenings with Julianna this week have been going so smooth since preparing meals and not worrying about cooking as soon as we walk in the door from work/daycare.

However, my thoughts have been halted. I just read an article on about the Haitian earthquake. Today at work I read some of the stories about the devastation, but I was so busy that I couldn't really investigate the depth. We also never watch the news and get all of our news online so a busy day leaves me sort of ignorant about what's going on. This article on Yahoo really gave me the full picture of the extent of damage in Port Au Prince and surrounding areas. Not only the damage, but also the consequences of the aftermath. People who SURVIVED the treachery of the actual disaster will die from the poverty. Diseases such as measles and respiratory illness will plague survivors. Bacteria from all the dead bodies and wounds will spread infections. People will dehydrate. They have no water, shelter or many essentials. Hospitals crumbled and medical care is in desperate need.

Like many Americans, I will pray tonight and most of all be grateful for everything I have. Tragedy like this inevitably makes you feel fortunate and launches sympathy and compassion. After this post, I will research the best way to help monetarily.

Join me in praying for the thousands of people trapped, the thousands who are injured and the families of the people who didn't survive. Mothers have lost their children and children have lost their mothers. I pray for all the parents who are desperately trying to protect their children. May they have strength and get help to survive.

Written by Anne DiNapoli

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