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Sisters from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in Haiti

January 15, 2010

My mom just sent me this link earlier today. This is a link to a six-minute long clip on the Today Show. Reporters interview two American girls who were in Haiti on Tuesday when the quake hit. Christa, the focus of the clip, has connections to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Alaska Yearly Meeting. Her sister Julian (who served on PYM’s nominating committee, and handles the database for the yearly meeting) was also in Haiti on Tuesday but is not in the clip.
Similar to other news broadcasts of the disaster, there are some disturbing images, but the actual interview with Christa is slightly more up lifting. She reminds us how lucky we are for the access to medical care that we have in the United States.

My heart goes out to her family and friends. I have to admit that I have not been able to read anything, watch anything, listen to anything and really have a conversation about the current situation in Haiti without tearing up. Not only am I overwhelmed by the fact that thousands and possibly hundreds of thousands of people are now suffering due to a the recent disaster but I’m reminded of the couple hundred years of suffering that the Haitian people have had to endure due to abject poverty, political instability, and a long history of feeling the affects of global inequality.

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