We Have No Idea (What It’s Like In Haiti)

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We Have No Idea (What It’s Like In Haiti)

by Marilyn Mackenzie



As I’ve listened to the reports about Haiti (I keep Fox News on in the other room), it makes my heart cry.


Early this morning, I heard that they now believe that over 200,000 people lost their lives to the earthquake in Haiti.  So far, only about 70,000 have been buried.


Stop and think about that for just a minute.  It has been a week since the earthquake hit.  The temperatures have been in the 80s.


I don’t know about you, but I have never even smelled one rotting human body.  I cannot imagine the stench of so much rotting flesh.  I watched as one Fox News reporter broke down in tears as he mentioned how horrible is the smell.  The closest thing I have to relate to that is when a mouse died in our attic many years ago in the Florida heat.  The entire house reeked of the smell.  Imagine what it must be like in Haiti.


This morning as I was reading the newspaper, I read an article about the looting being done in Haiti.  It said that people were using knives and machetes to get to some toothpaste.


Toothpaste?  These people were probably not concerned about brushing their teeth, were they?  I hoped they were not using it as a food substance, since ingesting too much fluoride could cause problems.


As I continued reading, I got the answer.  Toothpaste is a valuable commodity right now.  People are using it to line their nostrils to mask the stench of death.


We cannot imagine.






I’ve heard many people say that they cannot afford to give anything.  I understand that.  Most of us live day to day ourselves and paycheck to paycheck.


I challenge you to take your change each day and put it in a jar marked “Haiti”.  At the end of the week or at the end of two or three weeks (this tragedy is not going away soon!), find a charity that you trust and give whatever you can.


Imagine wanting to steal toothpaste so you can ward off the smell of death, then tell me again that you cannot afford to give.


Obama has made it so that if you go to the White House web site, you can find a charity there.  (whitehouse.gov)


Or you can check here for a Christian charity: Christian Relief Groups Vetted by Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.












Haiti Earthquake:  Day Eight


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I struggle to not let fibromyalgia and pain and chonic fatigue define me. They do affect me, though. Still, I strive to be who I am and who I was created to be. I love the Lord and I love people. I also love animals, which should show in the pictures and

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