Today I was going to do my second post about animated films in 2010, but I think I’ll push that until Monday. Honestly, with all the news in Haiti, I just…don’t particularly feel like being funny.
Enough people have put links on their websites. I don’t think I have to direct you to The Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. I will say that from what I understand, Red Cross may not be the best place to donate. Donating to Red Cross doesn’t ensure that your money will go where you want it to go, or even that it’ll stay out of somebody’s pocket. If you really want to make a difference, give your money to one of the many organizations that deals with Haiti directly. That’ll be your best bet, although keep in mind that sending anything but money will hurt rather than help.
I literally can’t fathom a disaster of this scale. I’ve read stories in the news, stories about bodies piled in the streets, about survivors trapped beneath buildings, screaming for help. I’ve read about people in the United States and elsewhere hoping against hope that their parents/brothers/sisters/children/lovers are alive somewhere in the wreckage of Port Au Prince, but none of it is tangible. I have never been in danger of this magnitude, and the only way I can perceive it as a nightmare: terrible, unreal, fleeting.
My hopes are with the people of Haiti. These photos (some rather grisly, be warned) will stick with me for awhile, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one.