Friday, January 15, 2010

Hope for Haiti


Have you guys read on this news?
If your answer is no, I am sad to tell you that a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on this Tuesday, 12 January 2010.

Many people may not have heard this country before, same goes to me. I did a brief searching on this country and found out it is a French-speaking Caribbean country and it occupies the island of Hispaniola. The capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince and around 90% of population is concentrated there.

Haiti, an impoverished country... in the western hemisphere...
It is one of the world's poorest and least developed country. Most Haitians live on $2 or less per day. $2 a day, can you imagine it? One Macd meal already costs you around RM8, it is a luxurious indulgence to many Haitians which they desire for but are never able to fulfill it.

Then, why should devastation and death invade them again?

This ramshackle city cannot stand the destruction of mother nature. Buildings collapsed; offices collapsed; President's palace collapsed too.
People are entombed beneath the rubbles; uncounted bodies are all over the place in the 80 degree scorching heat; grief-stricken ones searching for their loved ones with their bare hand clawing at rubbles and debris; dozens of aftershocks roaming in the streets in fear of another disaster; millions spending nights without shelter.

The silence of death is so devastating and overwhelming.

The international Red Cross estimated 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in Tuesday's cataclysmic earthquake, based on information from the Haitian Red Cross and government officials. It is just an estimated amount. I believe that the actual number of death is far more than this.

This incident reminds me of how fragile life is. Everyone can just lose his life in a blink. However, no matter how grief-stricken one is, the world will never stop evolving. Everything moves on. The left ones will still carry on with their life. NOTHING STOPS. People bury the memory deep in their mind and soon forget about it. As the saying goes --- time heals everything. So, what is left behind?

I wonder.

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