Thursday, 28 January 2010

Hope, hate and Haiti.

www.100storiesforHaiti.org is doing a wonderful thing, they are putting together 100 short stories that centre around the theme of 'Hope' to raise funds for the people of Haiti.

The deadline for submissions has now passed but I urge you to keep an eye on the site and purchase the finished book when it's available in mid-February.

I had forgotten about the looming deadline until late last night when I read a blog reminding me about it. I quickly tapped away and sent off a submission, it might not be any good or what they want but it's in and no matter the result of my submission, I'll be proud to have a copy of the book on my ever expanding bookshelf.

It does shock me though that some people don't see the tragedy of Haiti. If you don't want to give money or support then don't but to moan about people who have is selfish. More than 150,000 people have been killed in Haiti which is three times the population of my home town. (It is speculated that 200,000 have been killed so make that four times the population of my home town.) There are children without parents, parents without children, 1.2 million people without homes. Relatives of those that have died are digging graves by the roadside and bodies are mounting up in at overflowing hospitals.

I wish that I had a recording of channel 4 from last week, it showed scenes of Haiti after the earthquake and it was heartbreaking - dead bodies were piled up in the street, the mortuaries were full and the Haitian people were doing their best to sort it out - I'd like that broadcast to show to the people who are posting dumb status' on Facebook that sometimes other people and other countries need help first. And if that doesn't work for them then I'd suggest this: "Imagine that your child, your partner, your parent, your friend was trapped in rubble and you were unable to get them out. Wouldn't you be thankful of other countries donating resources and people to perform brilliant rescues. Wouldn't you be thankful if, on discovering your house collapsed, there was some way you still had a bit of hope. Wouldn't you be happy that you could still eat and drink clean water thanks to aid agencies from around the world? Wouldn't you be thankful that your life had been saved?" Charity doesn't always start at home.


I think the words that sum up the whole thing better than I could is Haiti's motto: "Unity Creates Strength".