Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Death in Haiti

Haitian Children Food Poverty 2008 see NYDaily

from agnes in brandon hotel tralee;

So what is a death in Haiti. To have been born into abject poverty. To have no parents. To have guns, knives and terror permeating every horrible sweaty clammy second of every minute of every hour of every day.

To be bankrupt in Iceland. To be a child bred into prositution in India. To have no water in South Dublin. To be a family smothered, knifed and hanged by the father.

To be a father with your beautiful child dead in your arms.

Death in Haiti is nothing. Suffering, the dreadful experience of loss, of excruciating injuries, that is Haiti. It is all our suffering. This is one very small world.

"Death destroys a man: the idea of Death saves him". So said E.M. Forster.

In one year's time the Haitian earthquake will be merely a footnote to the highlights of 2010. It will require many more tsunamis and Haitis for us to learn that, in the end, we need each other.

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