Remembering the Haiti Earthquake
After nine years, the massive destruction of Haiti Earthquake brings back memories of immense bread and profound faith and love. Rick Frechette of NPH Haiti
January 10, 2019 – Haiti
|Memorial wall at the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital showing the names of the dead of our NPH family, victims of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.|
When Haiti was devastated by the infamous earthquake of 2010, the world had a comparable disaster ravaging a single country since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. It was a disaster in the age of cell phones and instant messaging. The size of the disaster, and the ease of instant communication worldwide, and the awareness and universal awareness,
The devastation in Haiti was similar to the destruction of war, with 200,000 fallen buildings and dwellings , massive damage to urban infrastructure, and a death count believed to be at least 230,000. Since the earthquake hit the most populated area of Haiti, more than 2,000,000 people were severely affected and 300,000 critically injured.
When we see such high numbers of destruction, we tend to freeze up our minds and hearts. It is hard to understand the number of people killed during World Wars I and II, including the unspeakable deaths numbering in the millions of the Holocaust or Shoah . How to imagine the numbers massacred in Rwanda in 1994, or the hundreds of thousands who died in the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004? It all seems too much to be delivered to us.
Many of the words, and much more. friends, and family members whose brutal way of dying our hearts shocked and empty.
Many of you came to the wounded, the sorrowful, the thousands of children who could not find their mothers. You came to help save the dying and bury the dead. You are here to share your food, clothing, water, but also to share tears and to share hope.
I think they were inspired by the deep faith of the multitude of survivors, chanting day and night their lamentations hymns of supplication from their makeshift tents on boulevards, in city squares, and by every wayside.
We were inspired by heroism that could not be dreamed up by the craftiest novelist: fathers digging for trapped children through bleeding hands , Damien Hospital pour l'aide de l'aide de santé et de la santé et de la santé et de la santé et de la santé et de la santé. crushed and in agony.
It was a time of darkness, and yet a time of great light. A time of enormous tragedy and also of unbelievable heroism
On January 12, we will once again place a wreath where our original St. Damien Hospital once stood in proud service for many years, and then crumbled to nothing in 34 seconds on that day in 2010.
We'll be praying for the dead and singing for all those who died, especially for Molly Hightower and Ryan Kloos, who died there in our original hospital. We are praying in thanksgiving for the survival of Erin Kloos, Dr. Manuel Castro, and Rachel, who were spared death in this place.
In the afternoon, we will celebrate Mass in Titanyen, the site of hundreds of people We are proud to be here, but we are here in the world.
Please join us in spirit, in feeling, and in prayer, as we relive the ninth anniversary of our great national sorrow
We also take this opportunity to rekindle our deepest gratitude and bonds of friendship with you, for the love, solidarity, and help so generously shared
Fr. Rick Frechette PC, DO
President, NPH Haiti