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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake

Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
On January 12, the Haitian capital was leveled by a massive earthquake in which at least 75,000 people were killed, and a million left homeless.\n

We look at some of the latest tweets and blogs from the quake site:\n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
We also heard today about an orphanage with 60 children in it south of Port-au-Prince that collapsed and the children were killed. So much suffering and misery! The devastation runs from Port-au-Prince clear to Jacmel. The media is not showing you that far south yet, but it is bad. ..In some papers, Haiti is now on the second page. I hope the world does not forget Haiti. People are still being saved from buildings… Do not forget us.\n

glahaiti.org \n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
There was a tremor this morning around 4AM. Some folks who had been inside came to join us sleeping in the driveway What to do, what to do, what to do with all these bodies that are starting to decompose? People are starting to wear masks.\n

RAMHaiti \n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
No food, no water, no medications, nothing! And our President says he’s a victim as well! How long we have to wait?\n

Carelpedre \n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
The scenes from Port-au-Prince are horrifying, and the needs are staggering. There is no food, no water, no place to bury the dead. And there is also no information.\n

Cpj.org\n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
With all the media hype out there over this it’s easy for things to get said and then passed on that may or may not be valid. One thing that we keep reading and some have even commented on is that little aid is getting where it needs to go. I’m not on the ground in Port so I can’t speak as to how it’s being dispersed, but what I can tell you is that there are aid planes flying overhead CONSTANTLY. Day and night, it doesn’t stop. The aid is coming in. Medical professionals are arriving.\n

rollingsinhaiti.wordpress.com \n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
In Jacmel now...There is a heavy UN presence, more Canadian military troops arrived as we did. Relief flights were pretty constant this morning with WFP and others…Gas is running low, but available. There are few medical supplies here except the ones we brought in. Only three Haitian doctors and a few Cubans ones for over 2,000 patients, and they are still recovering the injured from the rubble. Aftershocks were felt this morning and at 3am. People are still sleeping outside.\n

konpay.org \n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
Yesterday I visited the MSF operation at Trinite Hospital. There was a small baby, about six weeks old, lying on her side in her bed because her right arm had been amputated and she was covered in bandages. The auxiliary nurse told me her story. Sad and miraculous. She had been in the hospital when the earthquake hit. The building was partially destroyed. This tiny little girl fell through concrete floors and walls. Somehow, she survived and was rescued from the rubble. No one knows where her mother is, though. Chances are she doesn't have a family anymore.\n

doctorswithoutborders.org\n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
It’s hard to describe the level of destruction that has been caused here and what it will mean long term. Port au Prince is flattened. There are no government offices. Policing is going to be difficult. Banks in our area are non-functioning because they are all based out of Port au Prince. EVERYTHING is in Port…Think of what that would mean for you. You cannot renew insurance on your vehicle. You cannot get a birth certificate. You cannot get any documentation of any kind. There is no one to run the country. That’s just the way it is.\n

rollingsinhaiti.wordpress.com \n

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Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
The Haitians say, 'kenbe fem' or ‘hold/stand firm’. Our prayers in the days ahead are for exactly that. And for those coming to their aid - that they will be able to do the same.\n

livesayhaiti.blogspot.com
Bloggers' take on Haiti earthquake
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How to help\n

If you want to donate to help the people of Haiti, here’s how to do it. \n

Red Crescent Society\n

The charity is accepting money, new clothes, blankets, and food with a life span of at least six months.\n

Abu Dhabi (02 641 9100): \n

Drop off points: Marina Mall, Carrefour on Airport Road\n

Dubai (04 261 4800): \n

Drop off points: Deira City Centre, Wafi, Festival City, Union Cooperative Societies \n

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Médecins Sans Frontières \n

The charity is accepting money donations. Donat at:\n

Dubai (04 345 8177): \n

Dune Centre, Al Diyafah Road \n

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Unicef \n

The charity is accepting cash donations and bank transfers\n

Dubai (04 368 0702): \n

Doha Street, International Humanitarian City, Building 4.\n

Abu Dhabi (02 447 5060): \n

Karama Street, Woman’s Union.