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19 January 2010 @ 03:01 pm
Like Pompeii Diaspora. Guiltily safe Haitian  
The earthquake has left me feeling like Pompeii diaspora. If I had time for I statements, I'd just admit that I feel exactly like Régine Chassagne and that every day I want to "let out a cry, as if I had just heard that everybody I love had died. The reality, unfortunately, is much worse. Although everything around me is peaceful, I have been in an internal state of emergency for days." I'll have to post-pone that for late February or March even. Maybe I'll scream in the shower a little. The search and rescue deadline has passed, but people are dying from other, preventable reasons that I will not accept. The Unionhaiti members and I are doing everything we can but there's not that many of us in total. From my other blog: The 4636 SMS Shortcode for Reporting in Haiti – The Ushahidi Blog →

We need to move faster than ever now. People are dying of other causes. Ridiculously preventable causes like dehydration. I know we’re all doing what we can but I can’t accept that. So I urge you, continue to forward any information you recieve as far as wide as you possibly can.

Some of us understand/speak creole and/or french. (Or even just know someone who can) We are an invaluable resource to the ushahidi team right now. Please help them translate the help messages they receive. This is the closest thing the Haitians have to dialing 911 right now. Some people have been posting the locations of persons in need of help right now with the #haiti tag. Help me email their crucial, time-sensitive information to haiti@ushahidi.com. Their team has stated that this method is also used to report incidents on the ground.

Those of you in Haiti reading the UNION HAITI twitter, Carel Pedre’s and mine, please text their needs, names and locations to 4636 if you have a Digicel phone, or email them to haiti@ushahidi.com, the ones on the ground might be too panicked to do it. Thanks for all your help

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