Friday, January 15, 2010

Nous sommes tous les Haïtiens aujourd'hui

I don't have much to say about the horrific crisis in Haiti, the natural made one rather than the state of poverty too many Haitians have been mired in seemingly forever, because what needs to be done is so blatantly obvious. Ignore Rush Limbaugh, same as usual. Ignore Pat Robertson, same as usual. Ignore anyone who attempts to politicize tragedy. Send money. Send water, beans, rice, ready to eat canned goods, spaghetti, macaroni, baby formula, juice, pampers, toilet tissue, paper towels, baby wipes, coloring books, crayons, flip flops, underwear, deodorant, soap, hairbrushes, combs, t-shirts and shorts. Send prayers and hope for the best. Heroes have been deployed to make sense of the chaos and wreckage, to save as many lives as they can. Their job is not an easy one, but for those of us with the luxury to play armchair philanthropist with ground beneath our feet that does not quake, our task is very simple. All we must do is that which should come most naturally to human beings - show compassion.

Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross or text Yele to 501501 to donate $5 to help with relief efforts in Haiti. Or donate online to an organization such as Unicef.

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