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SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2010, 12:20 PM

Haiti: heroism and humanity

Haiti.

Mothers’ faces wretched in agony as they stumble through debris crying out their children’s names. Despair. My stomach tightens in fear for them.

Little ones, no older than my youngest, crouching bewildered, jostled by surging crowds. Soft, tear stained, skin sprinkled with concrete dust. Frightened. I close my eyes in prayer.

The shaky steps of the frail and disorientated, searching for anything, anyone familiar. Lives ebbing away.

A primeval howl of loss. The fragile frame of a tiny girl collapses onto a lifeless body. She clings. She clings.

Yet even as the earthquake has shaken us to our core, heroism and humanity strengthen the foundations of our global family. Courageous, exhausted, rescue workers, scramble through crippled neighborhoods, digging with their hands, refusing to give up on life. A worldwide outpouring of compassion and generosity now laps at Haiti’s shores, quietly defying nature’s brutality.

Jordan was not spared the tragedy. Three of our peacekeepers, part of the international humanitarian mission, died, and many more were injured.

But Jordan’s commitment to the people of Haiti continues; our country was among the first to deliver relief to quake-stricken areas: a military hospital, specialist medical staff, essential medical supplies, six tonnes of aid, as well as a rescue team to join in the search efforts for survivors. We are one of many. Long may it be this way.

The impact of the earthquake is devastating, but the emotional and physical reverberations will wreak even more havoc if we don’t increase humanitarian aid now.

Can you help?

UNICEF, in coordination with all other UN agencies on the ground, is supporting Haiti’s most vulnerable by providing access to sanitation, safe water and basic health care.  Please donate what you can: www.supportunicef.org

And remember the people of Haiti in your prayers. May God give them strength in the days and months ahead.

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Annonymous
Thursday, February 10, 2011

I read in the newspapers today that you've been accused of corruption by tribal leaders. Are you going to invoke the law that puts these leaders at risk of years in jail for any critisism of the "royal" family?

Teddy Banza
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hello your Majesty QUEEN RANIA!
I am writing to ask if I may obtain a financial aid from you.
I am in need of a financial support to pursue my university studies, here in my country: Dem. Republic of CONGO.
I have been studying to graduate in economic sciences and Management faculty since 2003 here at the University of Kinshasa , but I couldn't complete University studies yet because of my lacking in financial support. My parents don't get enough money from their jobs.This is why I decided to send a request to you, expecting to get a financial ressources. your help will enable me pursue my university studies here at Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of CONGO(DRC).
Yours sincerily,

Teddy Kanengele Banza
Phone: 00243 818779202, 00243993325904
Address: Avenue Inga No 5, Q. Courant, Mont-Ngafula
Reference: Route By-pass - Mont ngafula, arrêt bus: Courant.
Kinshasa, République Démocratique du CONGO

JHAS Founder
Saturday, January 8, 2011

God bless you our queen

WItaly
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

God bless you queen Rania! Best whishes for all from Italy

saju
Monday, November 8, 2010

Hai ,

Congratulations queen Rania. Today I hear that you got the Humaniterian award. You deserve it.
God bless you

Saju Joseph
Dubai
mail : saju.com@gmail.com
Mob : 050 7958995

د. هيفاء علي طيفور
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

سيدتي وغاليتي جلالة الملكة رانيا العبدالله , ادامك الله وادام عزك وعز جلالة الملك الغالي والمفدى , وبعزكما نحن بالف خير وعافية وبسعادتكما نسعد ونسمو , لانكم رمز لفخار الامة وعنوان نصرها الدائم والابدي , ونحن الاردنيين نحند الله على قيادتنا الهاشمية الحكيمة والرشيدة , وكم نحن محظوظين من بين جميع دول العالم ان قيادتنا هاشمية . صاحبة فكر تنموي مميز وصاحبة سيادة راقية ,لكم منا كل الحب والتقدير والاحترام

helpthacause
Friday, June 18, 2010

Yes this is true and it was a very awful think that happened and over time it did not get any better.

wiccangdess
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What happened in Haiti was awful. When I saw it on the TV my first thought was oh My God those children I sure wish there was something I could do. I offered to adopt a couple of the children and was shot down. I mean I understand why they are not accepting applications to keep their culture alive. But my thoughts are should those poor babies be left in the street, alone and hungry. There are so many of them who did lose their everything and if I could just make a little difference that would of been awesome. Money is not everything, I gave yet I feel it was not enough. You seems like such a beautiful woman.

khaled al-deesi
Saturday, April 3, 2010

i hope everything works out all right for all Haitians ...it is really a hard situation to be in. may god help them . and thank you your majesty for those influential words . and we all have to bow in honor for your efforts of making this word a more peaceful place to be in.

krashed97
Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thanks our queen in your valuable and expressive words that actually move something which is inside our souls(hich is doing for others).