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Haiti devastated by a deadly earthquake

Please pray for its suffering people

     "...we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8:26-27

Global Aid Is No Relief for Small Haitian Businesses: "Business for Ilia Alsene, one of Haiti's ubiquitous...merchants who sell food and beverages at curbside stalls here, is a lot worse since the country's devastating earthquake.... 'I have fewer customers now because they are handing out free food down the street,' says the 52-year-old....

     "... the aid is having the unintended consequence of making life harder for many businesses here, because of competition from free goods brought in by relief agencies. The damage to Haitian companies is making it harder for them to get back on their feet and create the jobs the country needs for a lasting recovery.... Alex Zamor's drinking-water factory is operating again at near full capacity after suffering damage from the earthquake. But he still hasn't rehired 200 employees at the factory because sales are so weak."

Tension among Haiti's religions grows after quake: "Christian and Voodoo leaders put aside their differences for a moment Friday, joining hands under a canopy of tropical trees.... The catastrophe has driven a wedge between Haiti's religions as Christian groups make inroads among shaken Voodoo followers.....

     "'People see rice being distributed in front of churches and those homeless now needing papers are being offered baptism certificates that can act as identity documents,' [said] Voodoo priest Max Beauvoir.... 'The horrible thing though is that by rejecting Voodoo these people are rejecting their ancestors and history. Voodoo is the soul of the Haitian people. Without it, the people are lost.'...

     "Christians have spearheaded international disaster relief in Haiti and the rest of the developing world for decades." See Spiritual Warfare

Americans Jailed in Haiti Send Disturbing Message: "Eight of the 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries charged with child kidnapping in Haiti are pleading for help in a letter one of them slipped to a journalist through prison bars. 'We fear for our lives Here in Haiti,' said the letter, which was signed by everyone in the Idaho church group except spokeswoman Laura Silsby, and her close aide, Charisa Coulter.... 'Please you must listen. We have No Way to Call. Court will NOT let us have a say with anything about trust for US. We only came as volunteers. We had NOTHING to do with any documents and have been lied to.'

      "An investigating judge charged the Americans on Thursday with kidnapping for trying to take 33 children across the border into the Dominican Republic on Jan. 29 without documentation The Baptist group, most of whose members are from two Idaho churches, had said they were rescuing abandoned children and orphans..." See Spiritual Warfare

Haitian [Prime Minister]: Americans 'Knew What They Were Doing Was Wrong': "...his country is open to having the Americans tried in the United States.... He says a judicial system needs to determine whether the Americans were acting in good faith — as they claim — or are child traffickers....

    "...the Americans are crammed in a small room at at Haiti's judicial police headquarters... [and] have not been given adequate medical care and food. Meanwhile the Americans say they were just trying to do the right thing, applying Christian principles to save Haitian children." Please continue to pray

Many Haitians want U.S. to ‘take over’: "...even as food-aid workers enjoyed their most successful day since the Jan. 12 earthquake, the increasingly prominent role of U.S. troops and civilians in the capital is creating high expectations that the Obama administration is struggling to contain. The needs are extraordinary, and the common refrain is that the Americans will provide. 'I want the Americans to take over the country. The Haitian government can't do anything for us,' said Jean-Louis Geffrard, a laborer who lives under a tarp in the crowded square. 'When we tell the government we're hungry, the government says, 'We're hungry, too.'

     "Added Canga Matthieu, a medical student... 'The American government should take care of us.' 'They're well organized. The United States is the richest country in the world, and they can help.'"

Haitian [Prime Minister]: Americans 'Knew What They Were Doing Was Wrong': "...his country is open to having the Americans tried in the United States.... He says a judicial system needs to determine whether the Americans were acting in good faith — as they claim — or are child traffickers....

    "...the Americans are crammed in a small room at at Haiti's judicial police headquarters... [and] have not been given adequate medical care and food. Meanwhile the Americans say they were just trying to do the right thing, applying Christian principles to save Haitian children.

    "Prime Minister Max Bellerive... was outraged by the group's 'illegal trafficking of children' in a country long afflicted by the scourge and by foreign meddling.... But the hard that some parents openly attest to their willingness to part with their children if it will mean a better life. It was a sentiment expressed by all but one of some 20 Haitian parents interviewed at a tent camp... 'Some parents I know have already given their children to foreigners,' said Adonis Helman, 44. 'I've been thinking how I will choose which one I may give — probably my youngest.'....

     "'There are many who come here with religious ideas that belong more in the time of the inquisition,' said Max Beauvoir, head of Haiti's Voodoo Priest's Association, which represents thousands of priests and priestesses. 'These types of people believe they need to save our souls and our bodies from ourselves. We need compassion, not proselytizing....'  Two-thirds of Haiti's 9 million are said to practice Voodoo, a melange of beliefs from parts of west Africa and Catholicism.

     "Many religious groups run legitimate adoption agencies and orphanages in Haiti. Some of the children in them aren't actually orphans, but have been left by relatives who can't afford their care.... 'I see all these kids running around and I can't do anything for them,' said Joseph Emmanuel Amazon, 53, a laborer who struggles to support seven kids. 'They would be better off in another country....'

     "Silsby [among the concerned Baptist who were arrested] told the AP that she... didn't think she needed Haitian permission to take them out of the country. She said they only had the best of intentions and paid no money for the children.... 'Child trafficking "is exactly what we are trying to combat,' Silsby said....

     "Henry, the senior pastor, said the 500-member church wanted to help '"because we believe that Christ has asked us to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world...' He said church members had given several thousand dollars to the mission." See Please continue to pray for God's protection

Desperate Haitians offer children for good homes in America: "Child abductions were already a problem in Haiti even before the earthquake. Up to one million children are now thought to be at risk. Haitian prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive said that since the disaster he had received reports of children being trafficked, some for their organs.... 'We have concerns about traffickers, we have concerns about paedophiles."

Haiti: Obama's Katrina: "On Wednesday, the day after the quake, we organized a relief team in cooperation with the U.S. State Department and Partners in Health (a Boston-based humanitarian organization) to provide emergency orthopedic and surgical care. We wanted to reach the local hospitals in Haiti immediately—but were only allowed by the U.S. military controlling the local airport to land in Port-au-Prince Saturday night. We were among the first groups there. This delay proved tragic. Upon our arrival at the Haiti Community Hospital we found scores of patients with pus dripping out of open fractures and crush injuries. Some wounds were already infested with maggots.

      "Approximately one-third of the victims were children. Most of the patients already had life-threatening infections, and all were dehydrated. Many had been waiting in the hospital compound for days without water, antibiotics or even pain medicine. The hospital smelled of infected, rotting limbs. Our team spent the next 60 plus hours performing a variety of operations including orthopedic repairs to broken limbs and amputations. Sadly, a limb amputation in an underdeveloped country may be a death sentence.

       "Hindering the effort was an absence of ventilators, anesthetic machines, and oxygen tanks. There was no blood bank or laboratory, and a dearth of surgical instruments. Due to the lack of resources, we know many patients may still succumb to infection and other postoperative complications....

       "Our operation received virtually no support from any branch of the U.S. government.... As we ran out of various supplies we had no means to acquire more. There was no way to transfer patients we were poorly equipped to manage (such as a critically ill newborn with respiratory distress) to a facility where they would get better care. We were heartbroken having to tell patients suffering incredible pain we could not perform their surgery for at least a day. Even after hearing gunshots outside the hospital, we had no protection for ourselves or our belongings—though we observed that a Jamaican medical team came with armed guards....

      "Later, as we were leaving Haiti, we were appalled to see warehouse-size quantities of unused medicines, food and other supplies at the airport, surrounded by hundreds of U.S. and international soldiers standing around aimlessly. ....Untold numbers are dying of untreated, preventable infections."

Video: Haiti earthquake survivor who was trapped for five days in a kneeling position: "We were praying... talking... giving each other strength." She was rescued 5 days after the quake. So was the little girl near her.

Just what Haiti needs: solar-powered Bibles and a shedload of Scientologists [Apparently written from a humanist perspective]: "With tens of thousands of Port-au-Prince residents living outdoors because their homes have collapsed or they fear aftershocks from last week’s quake, the audio Bible can bring them: 'Hope and comfort that comes from knowing God has not forgotten them through this tragedy.'...

    "Meanwhile [John] Travolta has said that he hopes his [Scientology] mission will inspire others.... When the Indian Ocean tsunami struck in 2005, Scientologist Randy Myers went to India to help victims... by: 'Employing the techniques he has learned from Scientology. ...he is helping them heal themselves, eradicating pain waves and allowing energy waves to flow, clearing pathways for nerves to run errands of anatomical necessity, liberating the spirit to align with the body as described in the confident prose of the late L Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology and the applied practices known as Dianetics."

International rescue teams begin Haiti pullout ~ Focus shifts to preventing disease as surgeons report 10-day backlogs: "'Some victims are already dying of sepsis.... The next health risk could include outbreaks of diarrhea, respiratory tract infections and other diseases among hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in overcrowded camps with poor or nonexistent sanitation,' said Dr. Greg Elder.... 

     "Haitian government figures relayed by the European Commission put the death toll at 200,000, with 80,000 buried in mass graves. The commission now estimates 2 million homeless, up from 1.5 million, and says 250,000 are in need of urgent aid....

     "In the sparsely populated wasteland of Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, burial workers said the macabre task of handling the seemingly never-ending flow of bodies was traumatizing. 'I have seen so many children, so many children. I cannot sleep at night and, if I do, it is a constant nightmare,' said Foultone Fequiert, 38, his face covered with a T-shirt against the overwhelming stench."

Haiti's Avoidable Death Toll: "Corruption is rampant.... Customs officers often demand bribes to clear shipments.... Getting a business license takes about five times longer than the world average...over three years. Crime and lawlessness are rampant.... 'There are no 'safe' areas.… Kidnapping, death threats, murders, drug-related shootouts, armed robberies, home break-ins and car-jacking are common....'       "Haitian President Rene Preval is not enthusiastic about free markets; his heroes are none other than the hemisphere's two brutal communist tyrants: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Fidel Castro."

Haiti's man-made disasters: "Though the earthquake itself was powerful, its impact was multiplied many, many times by the weakness of civil society and the absence of the rule of law in Haiti.... Satellite photos of Hispaniola, the island split between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, show green forests on the Dominican side and bare, deforested hills on the Haitian side. Mudslides and collapsing houses were routine in Haiti even before this disaster. Laws designed to prevent erosion, and building codes designed to prevent criminally shoddy construction, were ignored. The rickety slums of Port-au-Prince were constructed in ravines and on steep, unstable hills. When they collapsed, they collapsed completely....

      "Parliament, churches, hospitals and government offices no longer exist. Haiti's archbishop is dead. The head of the U.N. mission is dead. There is a real possibility that violent gangs will emerge to take the place of leadership, to control food supplies, to loot what remains to be looted.

...outside expertise will be unacceptable to many Haitians, who will see it as a colonial imposition, unwarranted interference in local affairs and cultural imperialism..."

Haiti Chaos Hampers Aid Effort, Death Toll Soars: "Relief workers say pockets of violence in Haiti's devastated capital are hindering a slow increase in much-needed aid delivery, and some residents have banded together to protect the few possessions they have left. As thousands of others head to the countryside, people in one hillside Port-au-Prince district blocked off access to their street with cars and asked local young men to patrol for looters. 'We never count on the government here," said Tatony Vieux, 29. 'Never.'...

...the scope of catastrophe had widened dramatically. The latest casualty report, from the European Commission citing Haitian government figures, doubled previous estimates of the dead to approximately 200,000, with some 70,000 bodies recovered and trucked off to mass graves. The port remains blocked. [The quake destroyed much of it] Distribution of food, water and supplies from the city's lone airport to the needy are increasing but still remained a work in progress, frustrating many survivors who sleep in the streets and outdoor camps of tens of thousands.

     "European Commission analysts estimate 250,000 were injured and 1.5 million were made homeless.... In the sprawling Cite Soleil slum, gangsters are reassuming control after escaping from the city's notorious main penitentiary and police urge citizens to take justice into their own hands."


Haitian Violence Increasing Amidst Death and Suffering: "Some incidents of violence have hindered rescue workers assisting earthquake victims.... Providing humanitarian aid requires a safe and secure environment, said Lieutenant General Ken Keen of the U.S. Southern Command."

U.S. now in control of Haiti: "U.S. State Department sources tell WND that Washington has taken de-facto control of earthquake-ravaged Haiti. 'USAID has now taken control [of Haiti]' .... 'We [the U.S.] are the only ones who can get things done.' ...Biden told reporters... that Haiti is a nation 'that has totally collapsed.'"


Haiti's voodoo regime: "Port-au-Prince ruling class treats people like sacrificial animals.... The death toll in Haiti is climbing in the aftermath of the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation Tuesday. Much of the carnage could have been avoided.

       "One can be forgiven for assuming that a country situated next to a geological fault line and in the middle of hurricane alley would have a well-developed set of building codes, but safety has never been a hallmark - or even an afterthought - of Haitian architecture....

       "Haiti ranked 12th on Foreign Policy magazine's 2009 Failed States Index and came in 10th on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index. The country has been given more than $2 billion in development aid in the past two decades, but this fortune has largely been diverted to underwrite the lifestyles of the ruling class.

       "The infrastructure that developed societies require to function - unglamorous things like water and sewage systems, electrical infrastructure, roads and bridges, and sanitation systems - need planning, maintenance and - above all - a government that cares about and is responsive to the basic needs of the people. But as Denis Paradis, parliamentary secretary for the Canadian foreign affairs minister, said after a visit to Haiti in 2001: 'If the Canadians treated their animals the way the Haitian authorities treat their citizens, they would be put in prison.'"

Gangs Armed With Machetes Loot Port-Au-Prince: "It looked like a war zone. Some of the buildings were on fire. Smoke was everywhere and there were bodies in the streets, many just quake victims lying where they were when the magnitude 7.0 blast hit. What made the situation that much more tense was sightings of gangs of young men with machetes.... Fights between gangs were seen on the streets. Machetes were flailing.... There was no sign of police or any kind of law and order.... And with no running water or electricity, people are getting hungry and thirsty."

Report from Heart of God in Haiti: David and Julie Young, the US Directors of Heart of God in Haiti, are in constant contact with the team in Haiti. Here is the latest news:

"Pastor Dicksent... reported 160 children survived, and 40 children from the school were killed in the earthquake. Specific details are still sketchy but Dicksent said all ten of the teachers have made it through! The school building is completely destroyed. ... The remaining 160 students' families are huddled in a tent in an open field away from the destroyed buildings and homes.... Dicksent is in very rough shape (as you can well imagine) but covets your continued prayers."

Video: Haiti Earthquake... sad and disturbing   ~  Video with map of Haiti: Seisme Haiti

"Haiti Devastated by Quake; Thousands of Homes Destroyed" (Fox News):

Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after the strongest earthquake hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped....

Aftershocks rattled the city of 2 million people as women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares singing hymns.

People pulled bodies from collapsed homes, covering them with sheets by the side of the road. Passersby lifted the sheets to see if a loved one was underneath. Outside a crumbled building the bodies of five children and three adults lay in a pile....

"The hospitals cannot handle all these victims," Dr. Louis-Gerard Gilles, a former senator, said as he helped survivors. "Haiti needs to pray. We all need to pray together."

Even relatively wealthy neighborhoods were devastated. An Associated Press videographer saw a wrecked hospital where people screamed for help in Petionville, a hillside district that is home to many diplomats and wealthy Haitians as well as the poor.

"A school near here collapsed totally," Petionville resident Ken Michel said Wednesday after surveying the damage. "We don't know if there were any children inside." He said many seemingly sturdy homes nearby were split apart.

U.N. peacekeepers, many of whom are from Brazil, were distracted from aid efforts by their own tragedy: Many spent the night hunting for survivors in the ruins of their headquarters.

"It would appear that everyone who was in the building, including my friend Hedi Annabi, the United Nations' Secretary General's special envoy, and everyone with him and around him, are dead," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday.

Much of the National Palace pancaked on itself, but Haiti's ambassador to Mexico, Robert Manuel, said President Rene Preval and his wife survived the earthquake. He had no details.

The quake struck at 4:53 p.m., centered 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince at a depth of only 5 miles (8 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said. USGS geophysicist Kristin Marano called it the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti.

Most of Haiti's 9 million people are desperately poor, and after years of political instability the country has no real construction standards. In November 2008, following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60 percent of buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances.

“... we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God..."

2 Corinthians  1:8-9

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