Monday, January 18, 2010

Remembering Haitians & A Minute of Silence!

Haitians suffer as the world moves in systematically in their swift response to help. The stories we hear in the media almost on the hour, every hour are heartbreaking and also heartwarming. Young children being saved from the rubbles after 72 hours and reunited with their mums or close relatives touches a cord in our hearts.

Aids galore pours in to Port Au Arthur, in Haiti, a once French Colony. Evidence of pouring in of Millions of dolllars by the richer nations are well covered by the media. Recovery, Relief & Rebuilding are the key words that comes through strongly. We congratulate the Super Powers & those Charitable Organisations that have been proactive in their efforts to restore some dignity to these Haitians who are left injured, without loved ones or are homeless.

Watched a CNN program titled 'Prologue in Haiti' where Fareed Zaka takes us on a journey back in time to reconnect with Haiti's early history & political landscape. In his forum he had a group of experts giving their thoughts on whats unfolding in Haiti. Interestingly, a comment by Tracy Kiddle, an author, says, some Charitable Organisation have taken over the functions of governance in Haiti. This is the worst that can happen. Another, Amy Wilentz, who is an award winning author & journalist disagreed with these comments. Whatever these experts say, the Haitians are suffering. The Nation has been torn to shreds by the recent earthquake. We can only pray and hope that the Haitian people will pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives with the expert help of the International Communites that have come to their aid in their darkest hour.
source; Luvei Viti Think Tank@myvuw
Read more from CNN

Haitian orphans rushed to new homes abroad
January 17, 2010 8:02 p.m. EST

Haiti was home to an estimated 380,000 orphans before the earthquake. That number is expected to grow.
U.S., Dutch officials slash red tape to expedite Haitian orphan adoptions
Six adopted Haitian children arrived in Miami tonight, met by their adoptive parents
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs charters plane to pick up about 100 kids Monday
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Slashing red tape or ignoring ordinarily required paperwork, officials in the United States and the Netherlands have cleared the way for scores of Haitian orphans to leave their earthquake-ravaged homeland, according to officials from the two countries.
All of the children had adoptions pending with prospective parents in the two countries before Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude quake, and government officials said paperwork was expedited or put on hold to make transfers happen on an emergency basis.

300 children have pending adoption cases with American families. Six children arrived in Florida Sunday night, met by their adoptive parents with hugs and tears of happiness.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has chartered a plane to pick up about 100 children Monday, spokesman Aad Meijer told CNN.


Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin over the weekend granted the children entry into the country, although their paperwork, including travel and adoption documents, was incomplete, Justice Ministry spokesman Patrick Mikkelsen told CNN.
About 44 of the orphans' adoptions had yet to be approved by a Haitian judge, even though they were matched to Dutch parents, Mikkelsen said. Dutch officials may seek the remaining approvals from Haiti once the children have already settled in the Netherlands, he added.

Haiti is home to about 380,000 orphans, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, and that number is expected to grow in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake. And those who lived in orphanages before Tuesday may be homeless now, as reports of destroyed orphanages have come throughout the quake zone.

Full coverage of the earthquake in Haiti
Some children who lost parents in the quake or were separated from parents are being relocated to the Dominican Republic, a child advocacy group said.
About 50 orphaned and abandoned children will arrive in the border town of Jimani on Wednesday, Kids Alive International said. The efforts, coordinated with the governments of both countries, will eventually take the children back to Haiti. Some will be reunited with parents who lost communication with their children in the quake's aftermath, the group said.
CNN's Melissa Gray and Richard Greene in London contributed to this report.

1 comment:

  1. BloggersUnite for Haiti…

    January 19, 2010

    Our goal is to share information about this disaster and how people around the world can provide aid to ongoing relief efforts.

    Nations and aid organizations around the globe are scrambling to provide aid to Haiti in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. While the listed date of this event to be 1/19/10, we ask that bloggers begin to submit relevant posts as soon as possible and continue to do so as long as more information becomes available and more aid for the citizens of Haiti is needed.

    We welcome any posts about current conditions in Haiti as well as how to donate money, supplies or man power to the ongoing disaster relief efforts. If you have any information to share about this tragic event with readers around the world, please post a link to your article here.

    We here at BloggersUnite send our thoughts and prayers out to those affected by this disaster.

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