One week ago Haiti’s new year began with a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake. Thousands injured, up to 200,000 dead, including that of Rev. Dr. Sam Dixon who died before being rescued from Hotel Montana. Hotel Montana, located in Haiti, collapsed due to the 15 seconds of earth shifting.
Rev. Dr. Sam Dixon was the head of humanitarian relief agency of The United Methodist Church. He will be missed by many in North Carolina.
Dixon served for 24 years as a North Carolina pastor. True to his missions the native North Carolinian was designed to assist in emergency relief, long-term disaster recovery and economic building to name a few. As noted by Wake County’s My NC, Dixon was the official deputy general secretary of Global Ministries assigned to UMCOR.
Rev. Dr. Sam Dixon’s funeral will be a private service held at Raleigh Edenton United Methodist Church.
Haiti Relief Updates:
Haiti is a living hell at this point with bodies still littering the streets in piles. The morgue also shares the same visual. Masks must be worn to escape the dangerous air quality that comes with decomposition. Haitians still continue to move in large packs via crowds with no true place to go.
Water, food and antibiotics are still running low and much in need. Gas is beginning to grow in concern as wells are running dry. Haiti is the worst thing imaginable for the moment and will most likely not see many changes in the week(s) ahead.
Doctor Without Borders could not land in Haiti due to “permissions” issues. For 3 days most others were allowed to enter and leave Haiti, including that of former President Bill Clinton. However, as people die a needless death when all they needed was simple care CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta stepped up to the plate in spreading the awareness on the golden question.
“Why haven’t the doctors landed yet?” A question that many were asking, especially those who donated to their cause in hopes that they could make a difference in Haiti’s dire needs.
As for Haiti’s homeless children many scramble to see how they can adopt Haitian orphans. On Monday the U.S. has confirmed to make it easier for parents to continue with adoption processes connected to Haitian children. The news brings hope to the families that invested time, emotions and money for adopting Haitian children long before Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake.
The surrounding area remains on focus this afternoon following a 5.8 earthquake strike 45 miles from George Town in the Cayman Islands. We must note that earthquakes occur daily across the globe. Wyoming and California has popped up on the USGS earthquakes listing in the last couple of weeks. However, very small in magnitude and not enough to cause concern.
Alaska usually grabs most of the action when it comes to low magnitude but high in numbers. Either way, it’s not an easy task to portray the earthquake fortune teller based on numbers, routes or mapping. Truth be told, Haiti did not see it coming nor did the best earthquake instruments pick up on this catastrophic event.
As the Dixon family prepares to bury one of their own, many Haitians still remain buried being searched by their own.
Note: The below Haiti earthquake “Hell on Earth” video supplied by CNN should not be viewed by children or those who cannot tolerate harsh content.