HEARTLINE EARTHQUAKE BRIEFS & TAKING FROM THE DEAD

Posted: February 7, 2010 in Uncategorized
QUAKE SHIRTS
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A MAKESHIFT CRIB

Donna, one of the volunteer nurses, lovingly made this makeshift crib for this newborn out of a large cardboard box


Yesterday afternoon while on the way to transport two patients to a hospital for surgery I passed this rather small tent city.  It may be difficult to see from this photo, but it has little walkways that serve as streets and each tent is numbered.  This one seemed to lack the portable toilets that I have seen in other tent cities.  These portable toilets are bring provided and serviced by one or some of the international aid organizations.
When passing some of the large tent cities the smell from human waste can be rather strong.

A father holding his daughter at the Heartline Field Hospital

TAKING FROM THE DEAD

Titiyan is a community about 30 minutes from where we live in Tabarre.  You drive through it on Route National One and going North, the ocean is on the left and the mountains are on the right.  It has long been associated a place where dead bodies are disposed of.  Not as in a normal type burial but as in the getting rid of the dead body of someone who has been killed by violent means, such as by shooting, stabbing, kidnapping and assassination.  When driving on the main road on the way North or to the beaches, you would never suspect that Titiyan is anything more than a quiet community.  There are a couple of well established Christian missions there and it seems a a quaint little place.  But as we say in Haiti,, "There are roads behind the roads," and it is behind the main road and largely out of sight that the Haitian government has disposed of perhaps over 150 thousand bodies of those that died in the earthquake.  While this seems rather gruesome, there did not appear to be many options as there were so many dead bodies and they couldn’t just remain on the streets or buried under buildings.
Yesterday I spoke to someone who told me this story:

She has a friend who has not been able to find her husband since the day of the earthquake.  She repeated called his cell phone but there was no answer. She the other day tried his cell again and someone answered.  She asked for her husband and the man that had answered told her that he was not her husband.  When she asked how he had gotten her husband’s phone, the man told her that he had gotten it in Titiyan.  She immediately knew what he meant and that he had gone to where the bodies of the dead are being disposed and he took the phone off of her husband’s dead body.
Now clearly this is not something that most people would even consider, but some perhaps because of their desperate situation or because of the opportunity some simply feel that the dead no longer need what is in their pockets, or purses and so they are taking from the dead to help the living.
While I find this disturbing, I must admit that I understand why it is happening.

TODAY IS SUNDAY AND TONIGHT AFTER THE GROUP HERE EATS TOGETHER, WE WILL HAVE A TIME OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER.  PEOPLE ARE STILL COMING TO THE CLINIC AND THE FIELD HOSPITAL IS BUSTLING WITH PEOPLE AND THE NEED CONTINUES AND GOD HAS GIVEN US STRENGTH FOR ANOTHER DAY TO ENDEAVOR TO BE THE HANDS OF JESUS IN HAITI.

PLEASE HELP US BY CLICKING HERE AND DONATING THAT HEARTLINE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN LIVES HERE IN HAITI.

JOHN MCHOUL
LIVING IN HAITI SINCE 1989

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Comments
  1. Carmen says:

    praying

  2. James says:

    John, Should I just contact Shelley or Bob coughlin and future personel. I am trying to make plans for my return and would love to work with Heartline again if you still have the need.Thanks John…. James Schwartz James.spdx@hotmail.com

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