It's still hard to believe that an earthquake occured in Haiti. It's been 200 years since the last. I didn't even know that Haiti had fault lines under it. My heart hurts for the country, those who've died, the survivors and family members who can't reach loved ones. According to reports and photos, the devastation is indescribable.
Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The majority of the population lives below the poverty line. Constant political unrest and numerous natural disasters have left the country barely surviving over the last few years.
Here in The Bahamas, we have strong ties to Haiti. Not only are we neighbours, but many Haitians come here (many illegally) looking for a better life. There is a rapidly growing Haitian-Bahamian population here.
Illegal immigration is many times a source of contention here in The Bahamas. Many resources, financial and man power have been spent on controlling a sometimes thought of as uncontrollable situation. The majority of those illegally entering the country are from Haiti. As a result there are some negative attitudes toward Haitians and those of Haitian descent.
Right now, I do not wish to go any further on this subject. Right now is the time for prayer. Right now, is the time for compassion, charity, consideration and empathy. Right now is the time to act. We are our brother's keeper, as we are all children of God.