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Monday, September 20, 2010

Haiti today: an appeal to us all

The West hasn't done a very good job of helping the Pakistanis with their catastrophic floods. Too far away, too Muslim, too corrupt a government, too uncertain the aid agencies, too much intertwined with terrorism. These excuses may or may not be valid, but there are no such excuses for us to forget earthquake-devastated Haiti, an island of at least nominally Christian people, with close ties to the US, and many church-related institutions with long-standing missions there. An article on the front page of today's New York Times describes the despair of the Haitians in terms too convincing to ignore. We have no excuse not to help. We are blessed by the deep and abiding contacts with Haiti within the various churches. Episcopal Relief and Development is a highly respected agency which has a long history with the island. I just sent off a donation. Read this article and you'll see what I mean.