Haiti – In Perspective

Posted: 01/26/2010 in Uncategorized
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Before the Earthquake:

~ Haiti was poorest country in Western Hemisphere

~ 80% of their population lived on less than $1 a day

~ Gang violence ruled the streets

~ Child prostitution was on the rise

~ Over 1/50 suffered from HIV/AIDS

After the Earthquake:

~ 80-90% of the buildings in Port-au-Prince (the capital) were destroyed.

~ Over 200,000 were left dead

– That’s the size of the city of Ft. Wayne

– There are mass graves by the thousands

– Bodies are being stuffed in car trunks because there is no other place to put them

~ An additional 250,000 are injured and in need of medical assistance

– But only 4 hospitals remain in the entire country

~ 1.5 Million are rendered homeless

– That’s half of the population of Port-au-Prince

– That would be like if every single person in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Evansville, Sound Bend, Gary, Marion, Bloomington, Kokomo, and Muncie were all homeless in a matter of minutes

~ Looting and raids fill the streets.

~ Overall, nearly 3 Million are affected by this catastrophe

~ The UN calls this the worst disaster the UN has ever been confronted with

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).

Let’s pray for the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy.

Let’s pray for the aid workers fighting tirelessly to help those in need.

Let’s pray for riots to cease and for peace to reign.

Let’s pray to discover how the Church can respond to bring the Kingdom in this time.

  1. Bobby says:

    Hey JE, thanks for this look at Haiti. Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Gary, Marion, Bloomington, Kokomo, and Muncie… really? Wow. Did you run those numbers?

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