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Haiti Earthquake: Disaster Relief

Haiti's Medical Emergency Rages On | February 9, 2010

Haiti's government raised the January 12th earthquake death toll to 230,000 on Tuesday, a number which excludes any bodies buried privately.  The death toll rises everyday with the vast amount of medical emergencies emerging in the aftermath.  Over half a million people are still stranded in Haiti camps surrounded by threats of contagious disease and violence.  Health officials warn of diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough and measles.  Coordinators are trying to provide as many vaccines as possible to ward off some of the potential diseases.  Malnutrition, infection, diarrhea, and waterborne illness are also setting in and increasing deaths.  Gunshots are heard throughout Port au Prince in desperate attempts for food.  There's a tendency in us all to jump on the initial help bandwagon at the first sign of disaster, but to jump off as time goes on.  The need in Haiti remains.  Commit to carry on and help us help Haiti.

Mattress in the Dirt | January 22, 2010 The horrifying wails of anguish continue to echo throughout Port Au Prince. A mother stares blankly into the blackened sky lost among the quiet haze of chaos. Her children are gone, buried beneath the unforgiving rubble. Four died during the initial earthquake and her fifth child succumbed to injuries just two days later. The mind picture is too much to bare. Now the despondent father of the children sits clinging to his wife, trying to relieve the agony, trying to hold on to any snippet of hope, all while curled up on a lone mattress in the dirt. These are the haunting stories that must keep everybody mindful of the need to continue helping the Haitians in this desperate time of need. We at Help the Children ask that you find a way to pray for Haiti, pray for the rescuers, and pray for the donations and aid to make it to the devastated nation.

The Eleven Day Survivor January 23, 2010 An unbelievable rescue takes place 11 days after the Haiti earthquake hits. A grocery store, made mostly made of wood, hid a store clerk beneath a desk of rubble. It was the brother of Exantus who first heard the cries coming from within the collapsed grocery store. He hurried to deliver the news to a Greek rescue team. Realizing the odds were against a rescue after this amount of time, the team still made every effort to locate Exantus. It took powerful chain saws and drills to dig a small tunnel of hope. Female rescue workers, of smaller stature, were the only ones who could crawl through the makeshift tunnel and reach the trapped man. Indeed they found a young man by the name of Exantus alive. Surrounded by cola, beer, and cookies, Exantus explained how he ate and drank anything that he could find to survive. It's quite a remarkable story considering experts see 72 hours as the general end time line for finding survivors.

Haiti Aftershock Strikes January 20, 2010 Port Au Prince, Haiti has been hit with another quake. The 6.1 magnitude aftershock struck during the early morning hours, sending people running for cover. The extent of further damages is not yet known, but the cries of panic continue to echo throughout the land. Today's earthquake marks the largest aftershock since the initial January 12th quake devastated the region. There are reports of Haiti rain on the way, which would only further compound the already desperate times.

Haiti Aid Breaks Through January 19, 2010 The United States and United Nations are sending more troops into the grief stricken land of Haiti. The presidential palace has become the new military runway. Pace of the rescue efforts has been hampered by the closed capital seaport, blocked airport, and fears of unrest, but have begun to pick up with the increased military presence. Nearly half of the Haiti food donations have come from the United States military. U.S. military troops continue to parachute into Haiti with the food rations. Threats of violence are real with the destruction of the main penitentiary and the escape of gang members. Nightfall brings cries for help and desperate searches for respite and security. During the day, people of the fallen countryside, seek food, clothing, and medical attention. The rescue task seems insurmountable, but Haitians can be saved with continued global intervention.

Strong Survivors January 18, 2010 Nearly 126 hours after the devastating earthquake shook the nation of Haiti, two victims have been rescued from a Port Au Prince supermarket. It took Florida and New York search and rescue teams an unbelievable 26 hours to uncover the survivors from the market rubble. A thirty year old male and forty year old female were found buried beneath the store-stocked shelves. They credit the fallen food for keeping them alive for an inconceivable five day stretch. Rescuers believe more survivors could be trapped under the debris and plan to continue the supermarket search. As it stands now, the relief effort continues to be in the "search and rescue" phase.

Weekend Rescues Take Place January 17, 2010 Against all odds, Haiti Rescue workers report saving nearly 70 people over the last couple of days. Three days was initially the projected deadline for finding people alive, but with rescue teams, digging equipment, and rescue dogs on the ground, six to seven days has become the critical timeline for finding survivors. Dominican Republic has joined the rescue efforts, along with the United States military. Security guards are accompanying humanitarian aid to ensure the safe and effective distribution of food, water, and medical supplies.

72 Hour Window Closes January 16, 2010 Time for finding survivors is narrowing, while the injured and lost desperately cling to the hope of incoming aid. Bodies continue to be pulled out of the ruins, both dead and alive. It's true desperation in Haiti. The exact number of fatalities may never be known. Corpses are being dumped in trucks, along the road, and in crypts labeled with other people's names. Complete chaos has set in. Pending anarchy, unbelievable suffering, and hopelessness has left Port Au Prince in the depths of despair. Global aid efforts are in full swing. Humanitarian agencies are requesting monetary donations, with the reminder that ongoing support will make the ultimate difference in saving Haitians.

Haiti's Fourth Day January 15, 2010 Even before Tuesday's catastrophic earthquake, the people of Haiti existed in unimaginable circumstances, devoid of safe drinking water, sewage disposal, or electricity. The CIA and State Department have kept record of devastating statistics. One in eight Haitian children die before the age of 5. The average life expectancy is a mere 56 to 62 years old and the nation continues to be plagued by deadly diseases that other industrialized countries no longer experience. Now in the aftermath of the quake, the previous conditions are compounded by the current destruction. It's a grim situation. As tensions mount, civil unrest lingers, and lack of food and water continues, the death rate is bound to rise. Rescue workers and humanitarian aid organizations are attempting to help the people lost in devastation, but against great odds. Aid efforts must carry on, if the Haitians stand any hope for recovery.

Presidents Unite for Haiti Relief January 14, 2010 President Barack Obama has officially asked former President George W. Bush to come on board for the Haiti relief mission. President Bush has agreed and will work with President Obama on a global effort. With the earthquake devastation mounting, Presidents Obama and Bush are putting aside their political differences and joining forces for the good of the Haiti nation. Haiti has been completely annihilated by the brute force of the January 12th 7.0 magnitude earthquake. No one really wants to put the death toll estimates out there, because the projected number of casualties is inconceivable. Relief efforts are now at the forefront of the Haiti disaster mission. President Obama and his predecessor George Bush are planning to implement a sound strategy for the delivery of food, water, and medicine to the wrecked region. There are, however, many obstacles standing in the way, including limited access to the people. Ports remain closed due to the destruction, making ship passage nearly impossible and roads are being blocked by people begging for help. Coast guards, helicopters, and transport planes are in route to Haiti, along with 2,000 marines. It will take a group effort to save the living in the land of Haiti.

Haiti Devastation Unthinkable January 13, 2010 The Haiti earthquake has taken a devastating toll on the already poor country. Structures continue to crumble, water and food can't be found, dead bodies cover the land, and the injured suffer silent cries of despair. With continued aftershocks and threats of malaria, measles, and dengue fever looming, the living desperately cling to any signs of hope. Wandering lost and hopeless, many painstakingly search for loved ones beneath the rubble and under the crushed bodies of others. It's a horrific site and one of unimaginable consequence. The entire nation of 2 million people is in dire straits awaiting aid.

Earthquake Obliterates Haiti January 12, 2010 A massive earthquake just hit Port-Au-Prince Haiti. Measuring at a whopping 7.0, the quake is resulting in catastrophic loss. Collapsed buildings, homes, cathedrals, schools, and prisons line the streets. Piles of dead bodies are mounting. Some reports estimate up to 500,000 have perished, with no actual numbers yet available. It's the worst Haiti disaster in 200 years.