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50,000 feared dead in Haiti; aid efforts snarled by devastation

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  • Pam
    Jan. 17, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    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.

  • cm
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Reality check
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    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.

  • LuVpacifica..Kind,compassion
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    WorldNews Haiti EarthQuake
    Human 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~

  • THEeyepatch
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    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 compassion.

  • Eliot
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    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.

  • RE: Davis
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    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.

  • well
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:35 a.m.

    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 & Ammunition.

  • Davis
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    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.

  • we should
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Funny
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    How know one or country has a stockpile of food and med aid. Just in case if something like this happens.

  • @disaster aid
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    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 arrived yesterday.

  • rdha
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:35 a.m.

    God help those poor people in their time of desperation. Good thing good people are already helping them out.

  • Disaster Aid
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    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.