Deaf Community is crushed by a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake too
Do we have many Deaf victims out there in Haiti? Possible. Deaf victims might continue to cry out from underneath the rubble and how do they really know that they would get the rescues? They might wonder if their silent scream is not enough to be loud. Maybe their advocates, interpreters, friends, and family members are dead too.
There is Deaf school; it is Haitian Christian School for the Deaf (HCSD), which is located right outside of Prot – au- Prince, Haiti. The Times-News reports there was one of the deaf teachers sitting there with her mother. She is injured. They are not sure if her mother was alive. Fookem and Bug try to find out if HCSD is safe but no information has been received
Steve Revis from North Carolina, who operates a ministry for the deaf in Haiti. He lives there for over 20 years. His wife Judy is still in the U.S. to take care of her mother. Steve returned after traveling to U.S. for the holidays when an earthquake struck. He happened to be in the downtown and saw a five building collapsing in front of him. Many people died everywhere and he was pulling bodies out of the destroyed buildings.
Bodies lie in the streets as people continue to cry out from underneath the rubble. Little aid has come in as the situation becomes increasingly desperate. The Associated Press thinks the number of dead could be 500,000 or more. It’s too early to give a number. Almost everyone in that city have nothing left. Looting began almost as quickly as the earthquake struck and people were seen carrying foods from collapsed building.
Relate. Imagine that you are a victim of earthquake. How will you expect to get help? Maybe you are dying without knowledge that someone hears you or not because you can’t hear that they are coming for you or not.
Haiti is a third world and poorest country. Most Deaf people suffering in the third world is a collection of various stories. The big concern is how do we know that Deaf Haitians are treated fairly today? Many Haitian hearing people who had or craved authority over the deaf people. Those in authority over the deaf of Haiti denied them every opportunity for the independence.
There is not much help, no electricity, no hospital, no food, no phone, and no water. There are too many people dying. What are we supposed to do? HELP them! If you want to give, give now.
How you can help:
In addition to providing emergency relief, these organizations are providing the following aid to those in need:
Organizations accepting international currencies:
• The International Committee of the Red Cross
• UK: The Disasters Emergency Committee
• Oxfam Great Britain
• British Red Cross
• The French Red Cross