Skip to comments.UN: 5 killed in headquarters collapse in Haiti quake; over 100 missing including mission chief.
Posted on 01/13/2010 6:21:29 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - UN: 5 killed in headquarters collapse in Haiti quake; over 100 missing including mission chief.
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A few of my friends from church were planning to go to Haiti next week to install solar panels at a school there. Just last month they delivered more than 100 iMacs. They go to Haiti four or five times a year to help out. Very sad situation.
Did the quake only effect the Haitian end of the island?
Or could it be that we're seeing another media production like New Orleans and Katrina?
In times like this, I can’t help but ask “Where Is the Loving God?” In fact, I asked my pastor to write up a sermon and call it “Where Is the Loving God?” but he wouldn’t do it.
I mean, I have several friends who dedicate 2-3 months every year out of their lives to go to Haiti to help build homes, schools, etc. and in just minutes, all of their previous work is undone.
Thankfully, the emotional ties they’ve generated to those in Haiti can never be undone, but the physical labor and assistance can sure be destroyed in a heartbeat.
Obviously the quake affected Dominica but Dominica isn’t under UN control and is actually thriving. They’ll survive and rebuild, Haiti will suffer and the UN will collect money.
No- it’s not a Katrina moment in that sense. They felt it in the DR but there’s no really awful damage like in Haiti. If there’s an earthquake in San Francisco, LA isn’t going to be ruined too.
My son just got back from a mission trip to Haiti last week. He can’t reach anyone he knows there at this point.
I believe the Dominican Republic was spared.
That will reduce the UN budget
OK, that was a little harsh! Haiti is such a Hell hole that no amount of money is ever going to change things. I have been there. I have been there!
It appears the Dominican Republic did not receive anything close to the worst of it.
From the looks of the USGS’s map, Port Au Prince is at the eastern end of the epicenter. Not too far out from there, the magnitude dissipates a good bit.
I can’t get the map to blow up very large on my computer, but at the border between Haiti and the D.R. the intensity appears to be in the “moderate” range. Directly over the capital of Haiti, though, it is bright red and is clearly in the “Extreme” range.
So, it is entirely possible that this is primarily a “Haiti only” disaster.
Media production? Over 1800 of your fellow citizens were killed and damages exceeded $100 billion.
very sad indeed, but why blame God? So much of Haiti is influenced by Voodoo.
Why didn’t the UN prevent this quake?
The Loving God is with the sufferers and also the helpers. He is on the Cross taking on our sorrows, and he is also in the boat, telling us to cast our nets one more time and trust Him. God didn’t do this to the Haitians and he doesn’t look the other way. It’s up to us to be His Hands and build things right, and comfort the dying, heal the injured, shelter the homeless and feed the hungry. And “us” includes the Haitians themselves. And His Grace will be there.
Just because ocean waves crash doesn’t mean God is indifferent to surfers. They respect the power of the waves and learn to ride them. We need to learn to ride our planet well, because it does move.
Americans will not lift a finger to help, no one will send $, Michelle told us “America is a mean country”.
My thought is that he cannot address it. It is difficult to reconcile a "Loving God" who is believed to be omniscient and omnipotent with tragic events. It is also difficult to understand that praying to Him is going to change anything since, at the very least, He allowed it to happen. Ultimately, are not religions predominantly based on faith in their underlying premises rather than logic?
Please give to this great need.
This is what happens when 40% of your country practices VOODOO. Bad Karma.....Prayers for the innocent.
I was just looking at the island on google earth and the differences between Haiti and the Dominican Republic are visible from space.
Most excellent question that I’ve been wondering about also. Thanks for posting.
If you disregard Scripture, it is an irreconcilable problem. But if you seek to understand Scripture, and accept it as the word of God, then you see that God is indeed Sovereign and Omnipotent as well as loving - in fact He IS Love. You also see that humanity is fallen and the earth is temporarily under the grip of sin, and thus there is evil in the world. God is allowing Satan to have some control, but only for a season.
What we, as Christians must do is to seek to understand His ways, to seek to reflect Him when illness or tragedy strike, and trust Him by accepting that in the end, the battle belongs to the Lord.
(To tell the truth, that's the only way I can deal with Obama. Evil loses in the end, and he will reap what he has sown).
In the mean time, we, as human beings given a choice by our Creator, need to do what we can to help those who have been hurt by this disaster, and pray for the survivors.
Excuse me for not wailing and crying up a storm.
Maybe Obama will see this as an opportunity to reinstall Aristide as dictator for a 3rd time.
It could be both Jack. The quake was practically right under Port au Prince. Dominican Republic is the other country, they got shook pretty good, people running and freaking, but it wasn’t a direct hit.
That’s right, in order to control behavior I recommend taxing Earthquakes, Volcano s, poverty and disease. We can influence behavior by making this unfortunate behavior economically untenable.
# Roman Catholic priest in France says archbishop of Port-au-Prince killed in #Haiti quake - AP 3 minutes ago from BreakingNews Headquarters
Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seeds in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way.
And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle. And the servants of the goodman of the house coming said to him: Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it cockle?
And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?
And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it. Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.
“I’m confused. Isn’t Haiti one of two countries on the island of Hispaniola?
Did the quake only effect the Haitian end of the island?
Or could it be that we’re seeing another media production like New Orleans and Katrina?”
Are you actually being serious? I certainly hope not.
We are not yet at the harvest.
Firstly, your lumping all "religions" together is a faulty premise in your question. Some religions are much better than others because they believe in Faith AND Reason.
The whole island was filled with grey smoke as the reported 7.0 destroyed all of the downtown area and was felt as far as the Dominican Republic and even Cuba. At this moment, no one is allowed inside his or her houses and there is minimal chance of communication....The city of Petionville was hit hard as one of the hospitals there (Notre Petit Freres et Soeurs) collapsed with patients still inside.
I recall reading once that I believe the sugar caners destroyed Haiti and left it with worthless land that is barren and cannot sustain much of anything. I pity the poor people who are ignorant and practice vodoo, probably because that is what they know. We cannot understand such poverty and what these people suffer daily. Statistics show only about 30% are employed of 9,000,000 people It is truly a hell hole on earth.
Before going off on the UN too bad, consider the question.... Why is th UN there? What could possibly happen to make the UN come?
I’m confused. Isn’t Haiti one of two countries on the island of Hispaniola?
The whole island is under a whammy. Voodoo curses. Santeria curses. Bad juju there from generations of mucking about with the dark side
Yes Haiti and Dominican Republic both occupy Hispaniola which I think is where Columbus landed first
Honestly, I’m having trouble ginning up the sympathy. My carer is broke. I’m sure Obama will give them more than the $50,000 he gave Italy when they had their earthquake. After all, these are blacks err... african-americans.
Good luck getting ANY praise for the UN out of me. The UN is a global vulture that does little more than feed off the weak and pick the bones of the dead.
The UN building was destroyed? Well, I guess ever cloud has a silver lining.
Haiti is a mess that’s mostly of their own making. Dominica on the other hand thrives.
>>Haiti is a mess thats mostly of their own making. Dominica on the other hand thrives.<<
The earth did it’s part, we will now see, in the next week, how man (the Haitian citizens themselves) will respond once the shock wears off and the reality sets in. Our mission trip in February is almost certainly canceled.
I wonder how the Voodoo temples fared.
>>No- its not a Katrina moment in that sense. They felt it in the DR but theres no really awful damage like in Haiti.<<
I suspect it may be partly due to building standards as well. I understand there is a lot of concrete, but not a lot of rebar, in Haiti.
How many years has the UN been “helping” Haiti?
I remember several years back when a Canadian was shot in Haiti. They guy he was with begged UN troops to help get him to a hospital. They said that their orders didn’t allow them to interfere. Instead they stood around as the man died in the street and some even photographed him as he died.
This gives a good idea:
And of course how the UN stood by while the Rwandan Holocaust took place.
That map looks almost like it depicts a “strike” against port-au-Prince.