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The News from Haiti Gets Worse

Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 18:45 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

It doesn’t look good for the Haitian people, most of whom already live in abject poverty, who now have to deal with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.

The Haitian prime minister said Wednesday several hundred thousand people may have died in Haiti’s powerful earthquake.

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“Because we have so much people on the streets right now, we don’t know exactly where they were living. But so many, so many buildings, so many neighborhoods totally destroyed, and some neighborhoods we don’t even see people.” [Jean-Max Bellerive]

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Earlier, Haiti’s first lady, Elisabeth Debrosse Delatour, reported that “most of Port-au-Prince is destroyed,” the Haitian ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph said. He called the quake a “major catastrophe.”

There are many ways to help. The American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross are accepting online donations to the relief effort, as is the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Here in central Massachusetts, many Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Worcester have “twinning” covenants with Haitian parishes, and the bishop has asked all parishes to take up a special collection for Haiti at all masses this weekend. My parish has twinned with St. Michel in Roche-a-Bateau, a coastal village at the south-western tip of Hispaniola and perhaps about 95 miles from the earthquake epicenter, so I’m sure we will coordinate something for them, once we get word of the damage their community sustained and what they need. The diocesan effort is in cooperation with Catholic Relief Services, which is also taking donations online.

Please help in any way you can. If you think you can’t afford a thing, try to come up with a $5.00 donation. Every bit helps and is desperately needed.

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