2nd Haiti Quake; Ed's alive UPDATED

Some updates from Ed, a missionary in Petit Goave, Haiti, about 33 miles from Port au Prince, who yesterday was sounding depressed at the absence of any evidence of aid and relief in his corner.

Ed has noted that the aftershocks and tremors have not ceased since the first large quake; this morning, Petit Goave was the epicenter of a second quake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale:

UPDATE: The epicenter of this morning’s quake was Petit-Goave, a historic town that was already decimated by the first quake. We have been trying to get there for days. Contacts say the town has not received any aid yet, but folks at the search and rescue command center at the airport say teams are heading there today.

At 8:30 this morning, Ed posted:

STILL HERE. We had a real nice and calm night and then this morning about 6:00 AM we had another major aftershock. I’m beginning to wonder if earthquakes ever stop. . . .We’re all okay so far. Don’t know if there was much damage from this morning. I think there was not too much because everything that could fall already did. Gonna go do some translating and food distributing. Back later, Lord willing.

It seems that yesterday afternoon, some attention was paid to Petit Goave, and Ed gives details:

About 4:30 p.m.

We just met with a small group of doctors from the Wesleyan mission and they set up a camp and started treating severely wounded. I spent most of the morning and afternoon translating for one of the doctors.

Broken bones, crushed bones, open head wounds down to the skull, it was hard to see. Also a news crew from NBC came out and filmed quite a bit and I did an interview with them and used my few moments to share the need here. Don’t know if any of it will show up anywhere but the message is getting out. Thank you to those of you using government contacts to try to get this slow machine moving.

ALL of the patients that I got to share with were thankful to the Lord to be here. Their stories were amazing. And there was great joy in knowing that we were “not dead yet”.

We are using our last gallon of gas in the generator as I type. The UN is still not here. A few Christian doctors are here for a couple of days. Though it has been 8 days since the earthquake, it has all been one looooong… day for us. Thank you so much for the prayers and please keep praying.

Another day and the sun is going down here. Also the hopes of the people are going down here. The “help on the way” is still not here. I have come to hate the night here. Now we don’t just pray give us this day our daily bread, we pray “Give us this day…” If not for the Lord…my ROCK, my Fortress, in Him will I REALLY trust.

Here is that report on NBC, which includes pictures of a beautiful little boy named Michael, who survived under the rubble for give days. You’ll see Ed near the end.

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Ed’s mother has passed along something from her local paper, with pics, so now we know what Ed looks like. Long hair. Beard. He could be my son!

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  • http://thesilloftheworld.blogspot.com/ HKatz

    Thank you for the continued updates.

    I’d also like to point out the remarkable work being done by the Israeli Defense Forces medical group in Haiti. In 8 hours after arrival they set up a state of the art field hospital (which I’m praying was not disrupted too badly by this second quake); they’ve been taking extremely difficult cases from other medical camps and also have equipment for neonates and injured children.

    One video from there was produced by CNN and has several seconds on the first baby delivered there (and named “Israel” by the grateful mother): link

    The money I donated to Haiti went to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which in part is helping fund this field hospital’s equipment: link

  • F

    Anchoress, thanks for embedding that clip. Prayer and blogging do work, the word is spreading.

    Ed is my new hero.

    Its so great to see what pure joy looks like. Everytime they pull out a survivor, their faces are so radiant one would almost forget the sorrow for a second. Its beautiful to witness humans exulting in the life of other humans. Hard to describe…

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Prayer is the best gift we can give them. But if you possibly can manage it, even $1 will help a lot. Remember, most of these people exist on $300 per year!

    If God has blessed you with a good job, then perhaps you can and will give more. I know I will. If you love and appreciate The Anchoress, you will give more. I know I did.

  • Clare Krishan

    Re: my comments about lack of activity in other locations (some NOT in devastated areas of Haiti with their own functioning hospitals still not receiving evacuees) Hero of Katrina has a countervailing opinion on the govt.”s “wishful thinking”
    “5:15 p.m. — Retired U.S. Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has expanded on comments he made to CNN yesterday about his belief that the most vulnerable in the earthquake zone should be evacuated. “I don’t know if the flow of supplies can keep up with demand, unless we evacuate the injured, elderly, pregnant women, babies, and the disabled,” he said Wednesday. “It is wishful thinking to add more hospitals. We need to think how these airplanes can leave with patients to the U.S. and other countries to be distributed to hospitals to stabilize them.”

    I reiterate “central planning” is socialist in nature, we need to devolve the center of power to the regions… and give the resources to Haitians to do the tasks too – if they can line up in a queue to receive aid, they can man human “conveyor belts” in the other direction distributing materiell pico a pico, mano a mano… peu en peu. Get Staples or Office Depot to color laserprint some sticky labels for folks to append to t-shirts signifying those who take on the fraternal responsibility of helping their fellow citizens “Home Front Disaster volunteer” – if they offer their home to assist the homeless:


    And put the soldiers with the rifles away, the ‘toys for the boys’ are getting a little “old” – they have camps full of tents and food and are fine and healthy – yet the vulnerable folks are still abandoned – no food, no water, no medical supplies… its maddening ! Inefficient government bureaucracy in overdrive is not a nice thing to put on display for the whole world
    to watch…

  • Clare Krishan

    my bad missing citation for Gen. Honore quote:
    and photo of disciplined queuing… not looting

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  • Mary Artis

    My heart breaks for the Haitian people. Do not become discouraged. God is actively at work sustaining the lives of many who have been trapped beyond the length of time they “should be able to live”. Keep digging in the rubble for survivors, for as your faith is, so will be done unto you! I’ve been helping to pray God would keep many alive till help comes to them. Don’t listen to the “experts” who it appears, prefer to walk by “on the other side of the street” i.e. “The Good Samaritan”. I saw a distraught Father & Mother tonight on O’Reilly begging for the Hotel Montana to be thoroughly searched with heavy equipment. They are missing a son and daughter. It grieves me to see masses of healthy young men wandering around in shock or looting in fear. I’ve been praying for angels to go to them and organize them into teams of workers, promising them if they will dig, they will find! God’s children must have faith! The greater our faith, the less our fear. God does love the people of Haiti, and will rebuke the forces of evil as Jesus did on the Sea of Galilee, “Peace be Still”, and there was a “Great Calm”.
    God Bless you, strengthen you, and sustain you during these difficult days! In Jesus name, and for His sake, Amen

  • http://www.aol.com exhelodrvr

    You don’t seem to appreciate the level of destruction there, the difficulty that causes with transporting anything anywhere, and the limitations on providing supplies via helicopter.

    “And put the soldiers with the rifles away, the ‘toys for the boys’ are getting a little “old””
    Funny, since the U.S. military showed up with their weapons, there has been a significant decrease in the theft of supplies.