As a nation and people of this Republic we are deeply sock, horrified, heart-stricken, and even traumatized at this terrible, untold, and unforeseen disaster which struck Haiti. Claiming the lives of thousands, the injuries of many, and the damage of an uncountable amount, as its destructive force (an earthquake at 7.0 on the rector scale) mercilessly traverses the paths of Port-AU- Prince (Haiti’s Capital).
This has been by far the worst and most destructive earthquake the nation has ever suffered, which in itself, has brought a lot of sadness, and grief to the hearts of many Guyanese citizens, and the rest of the world, since Haiti is also a nation plaque with crime, corruption, soaring unemployment and dreary poverty, being the order of its day. Haiti can bear no more – I hope.
A nation already blight by its broken affairs; its economic malfunctions; human rights violations; and its political tumults, which formulated an already deep-seated internal disaster.
And now with such a catastrophe, which has been by far its hugest and most destructive (taking the lives of over a 100,000 people) the nation has ever faced, is more than beyond what any society can bear.
And since Haiti is already regarded as the poorest nation in its hemisphere, this disaster is indeed, beyond its capacity.
We as a nation are very mindful of the support our government and those of the rest of the world are offering to the people of Haiti.
It came at a rather challenging time for these societies, when so much is happening internally as well. For Example, in the United States you have rising unemployment, wars, terrorism, droughts, wildfires etc. In Guyana you have bad roads, crimes, corruption, unemployment; and you could prolong the domestic affairs of others.
But in the face of these nations’ own internal crisis, they still could’ve rendered a helping hand.
And the chief of them all was our own government, when they announced the pledge of one million US dollars, for aiding in the relief effort, which I supposed shock the world greater than the devastation.
One million US dollars by our government! To my knowledge this is unprecedented (at least I cannot recall any of such magnitude), and deserve tremendous applauds and great commendation; which shows clearly that our government do indeed have a heart (which is contrary to popular believe), since they were moved with compassion for the lives of those living in Haiti. Mr. President, we commended you for such brave and extremely bold effort, since we too as a nation are in need of help.
But you lead (at least for once – independently), by showing us that it is not always right to think about oneself; and even though one cannot afford it, it is nice to give from the little one has to those that are greatest in need.
But Mr. President, we need more works and efforts like these, not only externally whenever there is a disaster, but internally as well, since we too are suffering. Do keep up the good works, and may the Lord Jesus Christ bless both you and your household — thank you.
As I conclude, let what happened to Haiti serves as an example to the rest of the world, and especially to us, since a few years back we suffered a little tremor, and the entire nation felt the effect.
Much less to face such devastation by Mother Nature, would be too much for our little shoulders to carry. So, as people and citizens of this Republic, let’s get on our knees and mourn with those that are mourning, and pray to the Lord Jesus Christ that such destructive force would not come by our shores, since as a nation we are too fragile, and small in numbers to be forfeited of any amount of our friends and family.
And let us not think in our hearts that such disaster cannot reach us, but rather bear in mind that God does not take sides, and if it is our turn to suffer, who can stop it but Him?
So as citizens, let us enter into a minute of prayer for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, since such horrors are immune to no one.
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