Monday, January 18, 2010

"Buckling But Not Breaking"; Hillary Arrives

Workers, aid, and officials, including the UN, Canadians, Icelanders, EU members, and Americans, to name a few, continue to pour into Haiti. How are the people there coping with the wide-spread destruction? I think this reporter, Jonathan Hunt, sums it up beautifully:

One of the officials there, also the highest ranking American to arrive on the scene, was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of course. Here she is seen meeting with Haiti's president, Rene Preval, and others, to discuss where they go from here:

(January 15, 2010 - Photo by Pool/Getty Images South America)

Secretary Clinton took time out to meet with Greta Van Susteran:

As Sec. Clinton pointed out, the UN was directly affected by this earthquake,and also lost people. Certainly not on the level of Haitians, but still...Americans were also lost, and possibly other nationalities as well (determinations are still being made).

To say it is a difficult time there is a vast understatement. As I mentioned recently, children are especially at risk (h/t to Brownyn's Harbor for mentioning this):

Tragic. Just tragic. I shudder to think what will happen to these children, and others away from the capital city where roads are impassable, until the bottleneck at the airport can be resolved, and aid can be delivered. I pray that there is swift action, to these children, and to others beyond Port Au Prince.

The people there are strong, "buckling but not breaking." They will need to continue to dig deep, and find that resolve. Help is there, help is on its way...

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