Please view the slideshow of 10 new state department photos from Haiti. Click on the photo to view close up of the images - and viewer discretion is advised as the pictures are graphic and tragic.
by ARTHUR L. EKREM
- WHAT WE NEED TO DO TODAY - RIGHT NOW
14, 2010 - Happy New Year to each of you.
has often been said; that it is the small things that count - a simple tiny
effort towards another of our fellows that will make a difference.
was never truer than it is today. Each one of us who reaches out to help the
people of Haiti with a few bucks from our Starbucks fund will make a difference
and save a life. I usually do not buy into these quick pitches to help another
nation, however in this instance we can truly make a dent. This is a call to
take a little attention off of our own lives and kick into the karmic coffers.
had entered 2010 with the intention of kicking off the New Year with a series
of articles from DCBULL about the reality of Afghanistan, the unfortunate
similarities between Barack Obama and George W Bush, the end of the two party
system, as well as a host of other hot and nasty topics - they can wait for
we are today, observers of the crisis in Haiti – perhaps the worst natural
disaster in the last 100 years. We stand on the sidelines watching the news
footage on CNN and Fox as if it were a movie reel of a past event in a
fictional land. The reality is that this tragedy has occurred 1500 miles from
New York City - a mere neighbor of the United States separated by a short body
people of Haiti are not long lost cousins, they are our brothers and sisters,
and we need to feel their pain. The Haitian people suffer as we suffer, feel
pain as we feel pain, suffer broken hearts over the loss of a child, spouse,
brother, sister, mother or father just as we would. In addition, the pain they
feel is coupled with the loss of dignity so richly afforded to us in America,
where despite our fights over health care and the economy, we still have the
capacity to care for one another in a proper medical setting in the midst of a
catastrophe - we are a blessed people.
are still the wealthiest, healthiest and most productive country in the world -
so we need to step up today.
population of 9.6 million has a per capita income of about $560, with 54
percent of Haitians living on less than $1 a day and 78 percent on less than $2
daily, according to the World Bank. The country is still recovering from four
tropical storms or hurricanes that killed at least 800 people in 2008.
President Clinton stated yesterday, "what is needed now are the basics -
the first needs are for food, shelter and water, the absolute basics.” These
essentials can be best obtained with your support through a cash
contribution. Whether you contribute one dollar or one hundred dollars, it will
make an immediate difference in how the people who are suffering can be helped.
Haiti Damage - Click Photo To Donate - The Red Cross Via The White House
Click Photo To Donate
I am certain that we can make a huge difference in the healing that needs to take place in Haiti - your prayers, money and immediate action are needed now.
Families of Americans living in Haiti are encouraged to contact the State Department at 888-407-4747.
I will stay in the loop with my contacts in Washington DC and The State Department for other ways we can help as the days and weeks pass.
I sincerely appreciate the support you have shown for DCBULL and I call on your continued support by way of the help needed in Haiti.
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