The whole world was shocked by the massive devastation caused by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, which killed thousands of people, crumbled houses and buildings, destroyed vehicles, and swallowed countless other people who are, until now, declared as missing.
Horrible images and heart-breaking reports about the rescue operations continue to spread through the media - people, injured or not, are seen crying in the street with nowhere to go, nothing to eat, no family to be with. What could be more devastating than that? Coming from a family who had experienced the wrath of nature last September through Typhoon Ondoy, I know how horrible it is to be left with almost nothing. But Ondoy left our family and house intact. Haiti's earthquake had no mercy.
"Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has suffered a number of recent disasters, including four hurricanes and storms in 2008 that killed hundreds," according to a BBC report.
I salute all the men and women who devoted and continue to devote their time, efforts, and prayers to Haiti's relief operations. One of them is the dedicated medical team called Doctors Without Borders. They're currently extending medical operations in Haiti and other humanitarian crises all over the world, particularly neglected crises that remain outside the media spotlight. For more information and for your donations, here's the link to Doctors Without Borders. God Bless us all!