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.