We need to be on our knees in prayer for all the suffering going on in the world
- then get up off our knees - and do something to help. Actions do speak louder
than words and there are many actions we can take.
To Davis, You are the first person I have EVER seen call the people of
Haiti "Lamanites". The people of Haiti overwhelmingly are the descedants
of people who were brought to the island as slaves by the French. At times
there also has been an immigration of African-Americans from the US to Haiti
(mainly in the late 19th century), but the population is not Native American. All LDS missionaries serving in Haiti are Haitians. Many of the
more prominent and successful Latter-day Saints in the US of African descent are
immigrants from Haiti or children of such immigrants. Among these are Mayor
Love of Saratoga Springs, Lamanais Louis, who was president of the Detroit
District before it was combined with surrounding stakes to prepare for the
formation of wards and who is now High Priest Group Leader in the Palmer Park
Ward, and Alexandre Paul, a former Counsel General of the Haitian consulate in
Miami who is now a lawyer in Utah and fled Haiti due to violence directed at him
by those who disliked his political stand. I suspect if I had a better
knowledge of the LDS situation in Boston I could list more.
The biggest delay in getting in aid is not that the materials do not exist,
but that they exist elesewhere than Haiti, and with the port destroyed, the air
traffic control tower out and Haiti not having an overabundance of airports (or
anything else except poverty) it becomes a logistical nightmare getting aid to
Port-au-Prince, and even more of a nightmare moving those materials to the
people who need it, with the roads often the only safe place from after-shocks,
and thus crowded with people where they are not covered with debris.
The earthquake was on Tuesday evening. Today is Friday. The US sent
reconnaissance airplanes, rescue crews, and naval ships to Haiti within hours.
This is an island and the airport, roads, and port suffered heavy damage. US
military personnel were dispatched to get the 1 runway airport operational so
that aid could arrive. This is still an ongoing process. Getting the port up and
running and/or providing an alternative site for unloading personnel/materials
will be a major undertaking. The roads are a mess and there is little heavy
equipment on site for repair and debris removal. The existing NGO organizations
in Haiti have been severely hurt with their own buildings destroyed/damaged and
many of their personnel killed, injured, or missing presumed dead. To the
people on the ground this time seems like an eternity, but considering the scope
of the damage, the response has been fairly rapid when everything has to be
flown/shipped in from off island. This isn't a TV show where everything is
resolved in an hour and Scotty can't beam a naval vessel from Virginia to Haiti
in the blink of an eye.
To those chastising the Haitians for not having stockpiles- it is a very poor
country and most people live day to day, and couldn't afford a stockpile.
Second, if your house collapses, or floods, or burns, no matter how big a
stockpile you had, if you can't get to it under the rubble, or it's burned or
floated away or is covered with sewage tainted water, it is of no use.
WorldNews Haiti EarthQuakeHuman nature gives kindness to care for those
injured..with that comes more time & very much more in need. Faith
of ones prayer we have all shared~
Davis | 9:31 a.m. Jan. 15, 2010 Once again it is up to us to help the poor
Lamanites. These people still have not risen above their heritage. More
missionaries after those injured and devastated have some time to reflect is the
answer. Gospel hope is what is needed. Bring them to a knowledge of Father Lehi
and their great heritage and it will help them to recover as nothing else can.
What is wrong with you, when did you become better than everyone
else. You need to take a step back, I have never seen such a moronic display of
Most of the nation of Haiti is of African ancestry so if the comment by Davis is
something other than an attempt to stir the pot, it is at least irrelevant.
First and foremost they are children of God, just like you and I and the rest of
the world. I didn't know black people were lamanites. You're right
about gospel will be the medicine to comfort and help all children of God. But
as Pres. Brigham Young said, we can't call ourselves saints if we don't help
those in need with food and shelter. It's time to contribute. And no, just
because you pay tithing, that exempts you from helping. You can go and read King
Benjamin's speech again and learn from it. This is about 1.5 million people
whose city has been destroyed, no shelter, no jobs, no food, no where to go. I
hope the help continues flowing until they can stand up for themselves. A long
journey awaits them.
what are we all going to learn from this. Maybe nothing because it looks like
every one in this country learned nothing From Katrina) (PS. Next time have a
stock pile of food, water, med aid, tools, seeds, gold/silver, and Weapons &
Once again it is up to us to help the poor Lamanites. These people still have
not risen above their heritage. More missionaries after those injured and
devastated have some time to reflect is the answer. Gospel hope is what is
needed. Bring them to a knowledge of Father Lehi and their great heritage and it
will help them to recover as nothing else can.
learn from this and Katrina and be ready for disasters instead of hopeing
America and other countries will save you. when world war 3 hits then you will
have to turn to your Neighbors for help becuase every one else will be to
worried about them selves.
How know one or country has a stockpile of food and med aid. Just in case if
something like this happens.
what planet have you been living on, have you forgotten Katrina already? By the
way its been a couple of days not a week and the first troops and supplies
God help those poor people in their time of desperation. Good thing good people
are already helping them out.
It would seem likely that the US and FEMA would have some kind of stockpile
reserve established for relief aid, even for the US. But its apparent this is
not a priority of the Obama administration. This country in relief disaster aid
has usually been on location in a couple of days, it's been almost a week now,
the US is just beginning to act. The news media has been there for 4 or 5 days
reporting all the pictures they can but no sign of aid workers. The
best he can do is send troops for security? They need food and water, not more
bodies to patrol the streets. The US usually sends in civil engineers and heavy
equipment to start with, the easist to deploy, but for some reason aid of any
kind is very slow in getting to them. I would think that after our disaster with
Katrina we would have learned something and have a reliable disaster plan and
stockpile in place.