Excerpts from two news stories I scanned/read this morning:
Haitians flee in fear as big aftershock hits
The most powerful aftershock yet struck Haiti on Wednesday, shaking more rubble from damaged buildings and sending screaming people running into the streets eight days after the country’s capital was devastated by an apocalyptic quake.
The extent of additional damage or injuries caused by the magnitude-6.1 temblor was not immediately clear….
And near midnight Tuesday, a smiling and singing 26-year-old Lozama Hotteline was carried to safety from a collapsed store in the Petionville neighborhood by the French aid group Rescuers Without Borders.
It’s great to read a little good news amid all the dreary!
Christian Aid Ministries staffing a mobile clinic
A week after a 7.0 earthquake decimated Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a local medical relief program continues to treat the injured and works to stop the spread of infections and diseases.
Since the initial quake, medical personnel from Christian Aid Ministries, a Berlin-based missionary organization, have been treating the wounded, said Gloria Miller, a spokeswoman for CAM.
“It has been an intense week, but also rewarding to be able to help others,” said Holmes County nurse and CAM staff member Joanna Miller.
After the quake, Miller, along with Bethanie Burkholder, a nurse practitioner from New York, loaded medical supplies and traveled from CAM’s permanent clinic located at La Source, to Titanyen outside of Port-au-Prince, where they established a mobile clinic.
“We have staff on the ground, and daily receive e-mail updates and pictures from them,” Gloria Miller said. “The news they share is heart-wrenching.”
A mass grave has been dug across from the mobile clinic. On Thursday, Joanna Seibel, one of CAM’s staff members, watched as six dump trucks filled with bodies come to the grave.
On Sunday, the clinic had 74 patients, many of them children, some whose parents were killed in the quake, according to Seibel.
“A mother was there with three of her children, all four of them needing attention. The worst was her small daughter with a deep hole in her forehead,” Seibel wrote.
When the disaster struck, CAM had medical supplies stored for the mission’s Haiti clinic, Gloria Miller said. But, in the future, more medical personnel and supplies are needed.
“We’re talking about airlifting meds into Haiti and we have different doctors going in,” Gloria Miller said.
In addition to medical aid, CAM supports 40 Haitian schools and provides food aid.
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