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SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2010, 01:20 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.

Comments (19)
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simsolfin
Thursday, February 4, 2010

There is a way to help Haiti on a long-term basis. Physiscally rebuilding the country, its' infrasturcture, is not enough. Long-term permanent employment has to be factored into the rebuilding effort. Sure, it is easy to go and slap together concrete shacks that will just fall down the next time the Earth moves. Alternatives are available and we can help. We are a UN-registered NGO and are working with various governments on the Millenium Goals and we need you to contact us so that we may present our suggestions to you. In addition to Haiti, we will also be able to help Jordan and other mutually agreed areas of the world. Please contact us at simplesolutions48@runbox.com, contact name is Neil Broadbent, Canada Mavigava Corporation Inc.

慧婷
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

陛下:

很高兴看到你为海地人民做的一切,相信他们一定会感谢你的!你是个有爱心又漂亮的女人~

Raboosha
Saturday, January 30, 2010

One of the most important female leaders ever Queen Rania, really you inspire women all over the world. you don't know how much I adore your character. you are a real woman.

love you

mofasa
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello My Queen,
I am a proud Jordanian in the U.S.A. all my life and a Queen like you
makes me prouder Your Majesty we love you and you are our:
( CANDLE IN THE WIND )

Khalid SARDAR
Friday, January 22, 2010

Your Excellency: Indeed, it’s the great moment in my life while writing these words. O Queen!! By doing this you would be ruling on hearts of the people of the world. I am short of words really, just to say that its special blessing of ALLAH (SAW).
I Belong to Pakistan and contributed in international efforts for victims of earth quake 2005 as a part of NGO and as a major partner of UNICEF. At this moment we are with the people of Haiti!!!!! And ready to mitigate the sufferings of the humanity.
Allah (SAW) Bless you

youssefelaoud
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Good way.

Kalia
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

HM,

Thanks for you action and for taking part of it. As you said, they need help, material help but also spiritual help through our prayers, trying to destroy the (invisible) black clouds above this country and let finally place for blue sky and sunshine.

aurora
Sunday, January 17, 2010

you are such an inspiration. a beautiful person inside and out

rp2179
Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hello
I am so touched by your words and feeling the same pain for the people of Haiti.
I am "Ravindra" a small citizen of country "India" and involved in some social causes and right now i am working on "Save the Girl Child" but on a very smaller level. I am just trying to put my efforts to make the people aware in our country.
Really you are such a big dignatory but you have true heart and you feel for the people.
I just got through this website and saw ur blog so leaving my comment. Just suggest me if you have anything in your mind about my mission and i would welcome your suggestions and try to implement for the betterment for the community. I don't know whether i should comment on your blog or not but i felt so i did. Really God Bless and may you get more enthisiasm and power
so you could help people more...Happy New Year from my side...a small wish for u!
Dear i don't have money to support people but i do prayer for them.
I would feel apprecited if u would mail me on my personal e-mail id:
"rp2179@gmail.com". Take care & God Bless You and your efforts.