Watching the reports with Vincent - then only a few months old at the time - had me in a tizzy of tears. There was one report of an infant, two months younger than Vince, who suffered two broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a concussion (among other things). I cried for a week, praying that God spare that dear little boy. He had lost his mother to the tragedy, and no other family could be located at the time of reports. I still think of that baby - I still pray that he survived and was reconnected with family who love, protect and nurture him.
Another little boy had lost his leg while trying to rescue his brother. His brother survived and I remember him talking to a reporter about his fears of living a life with one leg. Surprisingly, the little boy did not seem angry, bitter or sad about his loss. He was simply glad to be alive and happy to have his family whole. I think of him, too.
And a mother who had somehow made it to the US naval-hospital in time to give birth to her daughter, whom she named Hope... I think of her and her child, too.
I think of the countless orphans created by this tragedy, and of the countless families all over the world who opened their homes to these innocent babes.
I then think of the heartless monsters who capitalized on this desperation, dabbling in human trafficking.
And finally my thoughts trace their way to the millions of people who poured out money, donations and prayers for the benefit of this struggling country. Reading reports like this tear my heart to shreds.
There is simply no excuse - none. We've been able to put man on the moon, we've been able to see into an atom, we've been able to eradicate hundreds of illnesses that were once death-sentences to whole populations. We've done all this and more, yet we cannot properly funnel funds into a country that so desperately needs them. We've got children living in the streets, mothers not able to properly feed their families, and men who want to rebuild but not given the tools with which to do so. This is unacceptable.
Prayers are so desperately needed for this country. May they all find peace and prosperity soon. Blessed Mother, take care of Haiti.