Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bringing Life into Haiti...An Article from the New York Times

I came across this article in the NY Times and wanted to share. It points again at the tragedy that is Haiti. Last night someone asked me if things were really as bad there as it seemed. I would have to say yes, but things were bad there before the earthquake. As the Haitian saying goes, "I am no worse than I ever was."

"Still, Haiti is a frightening nursery. Even before the quake, this small country had the highest rates of infant, of under-5 and of maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere; on average, according to United Nations reports, 670 Haitian women out of every 100,000 die in childbirth, compared with 11 in the United States.

In another tent camp, on a soccer field of a school near the downtown, one meal a day was as much as Mirline Civil, 17, could hope for. Her baby, born Sunday, struggled, too. When she tried to breast-feed the little boy, named Maiderson, he failed to latch. She rocked him back and forth and asked, 'Why are you crying so much?'"


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