Sadly, it’s not unusual for us to speak to people who’ve experienced terrible and recent loss. But yesterday was different. The Haitians who joined us at WGCU are in the agonising situation of not knowing what has happened to many relatives and friends. No phone lines were working. They had nothing bar the news to tell them of the situation back home. And so when we got through to Dixie, a nurse at an orphanage there, they were hearing things straight from someone in Haiti for the first time.

As Dixie described the horrific scenes that she had seen, the Haitians with us began to bow their heads, some hunched their shoulders as if cowering at what they were hearing, and others began to cry. Several of them seemed shattered by what Dixie was saying.

One man in particular had been passionate and talkative when he first arrived. He stared at the floor for the last forty minutes of the programme.

The mood was incredibly sombre and to be honest on occasions I felt like I wanted us all to leave so they could talk with Dixie without us watching on.

There wasn’t anyone in the room who wasn’t moved by their plight and their willingness to speak to us. Needless to say, we wish all of them and their families well.

We’ve invited all of our guests back again today, so hopefully we’ll be able to catch up with them. We’re hoping they’ve had word from their relatives.

Lots of you have asked what you can do to help. This is the page if you want to donate to the Red Cross.

16 Responses to “Yesterday”

  1. January 14, 2010 at 16:06

    yesterday i was too empathic to all haitians.Nigeria

  2. 2 Ros Atkins
    January 14, 2010 at 16:09

    One bit of good news amongst all the sad news coming from Haiti. The man pictured on the left of the bottom photo is Darrel. We’ve just spoken to him and he finally got through to his family early this morning, and they’re all OK. He’ll be on today’s show to tell us more of what he heard from them.

  3. 3 John Doe - Jamaica
    January 14, 2010 at 16:15

    AS a Jamaican, my condolences go out to the people of the great nation of Haiti. A proud people who fought for their independence over 200 years ago and have faced turmoil ever since. May the souls of the departed rest in peace and may those who are left to grieve be comforted in the knowledge that their love ones will feel no more pain.

  4. January 14, 2010 at 16:17

    This is a devastating tragedy where thousands have lost their lives, where people’s homes have been pulverized. The agony and the stark desperation is written on people’s eyes. The agonized expressions on television tell it all. Haiti is in a crisis so dire that the international community through the International Agencies like the Red Cross will have to respond with lightning speed. Time is critical here.

  5. 5 Chintan in Houston
    January 14, 2010 at 16:48

    For listeners in the US:
    You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.

  6. 6 Phyllis, Naples ,Fl.
    January 14, 2010 at 16:50

    Our local Naples Charity, Hope for Haiti is setting up a local phone bank.
    They are on the ground in Port au Prince and could help with information.
    I will update later.

  7. 7 Russ
    January 14, 2010 at 17:03

    In regards to your daily email question: Do natural disasters test your faith? No they don’t test my faith in God but they do test my faith in my fellow man and my fellow man always comes through in the end…Amen!

  8. 8 Russ
    January 14, 2010 at 17:04

    I live in California, lived through the big quake in 1989

  9. January 14, 2010 at 17:18

    Sadly, these matters of earth shifting are so random. It is good that there are some humans willing to offer to spend great resources, time, effort, and agony of the entire struggle to help.

    troop on the Oregon coast

  10. 10 bjay
    January 14, 2010 at 17:24

    The insurmountable sufferings Nations.

    We do not need ‘history’ lessons now, although we should.
    The complex dilemma to see such suffering.
    This kind of tragedies always damper ones spirits.
    What will happen with these people when the ‘heavy-equipments’ gone,
    back to the same old-same old idleness ?
    (I hope the ‘pontificate’ does not just ‘pray’ for these people,
    they got plenty of chips.com)


  11. January 14, 2010 at 17:39

    Natural Disasters do not test my faith, they indeed are not natural but a consequence of a world engaged in a gluttonous race for prosperity, disproportionate to what mother nature can withstand. The signs have been clear, the information underlined. Mother nature is taking back what has been stolen. You will reap what you have sown. These recent so called natural disasters are not natural but man made. I dare say the worst is still to come. So those that have ears listen. Copenhagen was the worlds chance to underline the intrepid times that you have forced mother nature into. If 195 world leaders can only gather to disagree and point blame and argue like school yard children, then very little hope is left for the next generations. It’s time to grow up and smell the roses people.

    The Oracle

  12. 12 haider meghjee
    January 14, 2010 at 17:47

    the test is on us the other human beings.
    if we dont help them in their need then we have failed the test.
    we have to make sure that the charities we donate to deliver all the money to the people of haiti.some of the tsunami donations are still sitting in these charities bank accounts!!!!!

  13. 13 steve
    January 14, 2010 at 19:15

    Are nearby nations helping out? Dominican Republic? Have they been affected as well? Cuba is right next to Haiti, the Bahamas aren’t that far off either, is any other nation providing military support to transport items that are needed besides the US?

  14. 14 Robyn Lexington, KY USA
    January 14, 2010 at 19:19

    Unfortunately it takes time to scramble and get people and resources to the island. From what I can tell from the news, the airport had little damage but no communication. The first people on the ground were airforce to get communications up and running to handle the airtraffic. The airport is overwelmed with the air traffic and they have run out of fuel at the airport. There are at least 5,000 troups in route, an aircraft carrier and hospital ship. They also got several planes of doctors and medical supplies on the ground, but I am sure it takes time to get organized. I realize people are in a very desperate need, but the miles cannot be traveled in a flash. I will pray for the people in Haiti. I have not lost my faith.

  15. January 14, 2010 at 20:02

    My appreciation to the WHYS team for producing such responsive journalism.

    Thanks also to the guests for sharing your tragedies, they helped me connect to such an overwhelming event.

  16. 16 Ottile
    January 15, 2010 at 11:11

    I do not see this as a test of faith, but as a test of the rest of us: can we respond in time to the unbearable suffering that is taking place there?

    My prayers are with all Haitains. May peace be upon the departed. May healing come quickly to the survivors. May God grant the Haitain people untold strength in rebuilding their beautiful nation.

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