Like everyone else I've watched the news coverage of the disaster in Haiti and mourned for those who lost their lives. I've wept when I saw the faces of those left behind--the parents whose precious children were killed, or children, barely able to walk who will never get a hug from their father again.
I've gazed in horror at the crumbled buildings, twisted roads and flattened trees and wondered if anything could ever be normal again.
It's so overwhelming--the destruction. Not only for those who were caught in the disaster but for others...the ones who want to help. Through the news we've watched as relief workers gather to bring aid into the beleaguered city, yet are turned away because of politics, not enough man power or a myriad of other reasons.
And that is what bothers me. I remember how long it took to get water to the Katrina survivors. How long it took to get aid to the waterlogged city of New Orleans. It's happening again. And it breaks my heart.
I understand the difficulty in putting together a rescue effort of this scale. All the details that need to be dealt with. But I have to believe that a plan is already set--all the ins and outs thought out and ready to go. So why does it take so long to help these people? Why can't we get past the ridiculous political posturing and do what needs to be done.
I've read reports about relief workers being turned away, hospitals not being allowed to set up their operations, all while people are dying all around them. Water not being given out but sitting in the airport. And that's insane.
Why? Why can't we just help? Why force airplanes filled with supplies and medical personnel to circle overhead or even worse head home without giving out those life saving necessities? Is it all political? Financial? I just don't understand.
It breaks my heart to see the natural disaster, but knowing that relief was there and unable to do anything destroys my soul.
For information on how you can help in the effort to help in Haiti, go to one of these sites.
If you know of another site that you can trust and recommend, please let us know in the comments below. I'd love to hear what you all think of the situation overall!
I'll be back on Monday with another guest blogger!!!! Until then, have a great weekend.
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