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In the Terrible Devastation of Haiti, Some Things Are Working. by The Elephant's Child
January 19, 2010, 1:32 am
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Countries all over the world are dispatching aid to devastated Haiti.  Many have sent planeloads of rescue teams, food water, medicines and other needed aid to the stricken country.  Saudi Arabia sent a letter of condolences to Haitian President Rene Preval.  Oil-rich Kuwait chipped in $1 million as did Morocco.  The Middle East, in general, was noted for their frugality.

Immediately after the quake, the Israeli Home Command dispatched two planeloads with 220 aid-and-rescue personnel and a complete field hospital capable of treating 500 patients a day.  It is the most modern medical facility in Haiti, staffed by 40 doctors.

The hospital is equipped with a medical lab, a pharmacy, an X-ray center, a children’s ward, an emergency room, a surgical department, two operating rooms, and a maternity ward.

Israeli doctors performed 25 life-saving surgeries and assisted in the births of three babies. One baby boy will be named “Israel” by his grateful mother.  The first couple of planes brought tons of medicines and other supplies, and a third planeload followed over the weekend.

Other sources confirmed the fine work the Israeli field hospital is doing, and the efficiency of their operation.  A nice counter to all the ignorant anti-Israeli propaganda.  And it’s nice to hear some positive stories amongst all the human catastrophe.

Aid is Arriving in Haiti, But it Is Difficult to Deploy. by The Elephant's Child
January 14, 2010, 9:52 pm
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The situation in Haiti remains dire.  The Haitian government had asked the FAA to keep planes from landing as the airport could not handle the load.  That seems to be under control, though confusing.  U.S Special Forces have reportedly reopened Haiti’s airport in Port-au-Prince, restored the quake-damaged control tower, provided lighting,  and the airport is now able to conduct round-the clock operations led by the Pentagon’s Southern Command.

The aircraft carrier  USS Carl Vinson was due to arrive by Friday, but the port sustained heavy damage, so unloading may be a problem.  The Carl Vinson has a fleet of 14 helicopters.  Another amphibious ship with

U.S. Teams have set up a reception center for disaster relief personnel now entering the country.  There are more pictures here.  There have been around 45,000 Americans working in Haiti, and the U.S. is evacuating survivors as rapidly as possible, often to nearby Santo Domingo or Nassau.

Troops from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne are due to arrive Friday. There is complete chaos as people try to dig survivors out from the rubble, water and food are desperately needed. People are searching out open areas away from the rubble for fear of the continuing aftershocks.

The first priority is search and rescue, for time is the enemy for trapped survivors.  Huge weights can be lifted by specialized balloons, but the teams have to get there.  Many have already been over 48 hours without water or food.

This Wall Street Journal blog has real-time updates and new takes on important news stories.  The Haitian government is barely functioning, which makes rescue efforts more difficult.

Relief Efforts for Haiti. by The Elephant's Child
January 14, 2010, 1:26 am
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The devastation in Haiti is just unimaginable.  Rescuers are having a hard time getting in, and the death toll is terrible.  The Boston Globe has chilling pictures here.  The Anchoress has a summary of organizations where you can help.  The people of Haiti are perhaps the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.  An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale is a big one.  Things are very bad. Many, many buildings have collapsed including hospitals, and whole neighborhoods.

ADDENDUM: If you can only give $5 or $10 to the relief effort, don’t be embarrassed.  Small amounts go a long ways in Haiti, and if 100,000 people gave $5, it adds up to a whole lot of help.

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