Friday, November 19, 2010

CNN article with pictures

First I just want to say that Nick made it home safely yesterday and it was a miracle how well it worked out.  He had quite the adventure, but I'll let him tell you about that.  He is sleeping in this morning, but plans to blog about it today.  We were expecting him to get stuck in the DR for a few days or maybe even a week or two, so him getting through is great!!

Here is a CNN article with current info on Cholera and the violent protests that are going on in Cap Haitien and Port au Prince.  Yes it has now spread to the capital.  Elections are coming up next week, so it likely won't stop for a while.  This article says that 6 people from Cap have gone to the hospital with gunshot wounds related to the fighting.  We have also heard that 4 people have died, but aren't sure if this is true or not.  Another source I read said 35 people with gunshot wounds.

Of course with all these protests, it's resulting in more people dieing of Cholera because people aren't able to make it to clinics in time, and a lot of clinics have shut down as a safety precaution.  Supplies to treat this can't make it to the Cap area as our airport has been shut down since Monday.

This picture is from Port Au Prince, not Cap.
Over 1100 Haitians have now died of Cholera, and more than 18,000 people have been sick with this bacteria.  These are just the cases reported; the people who are fortunate enough to live near a hospital or clinic and can afford to go.  I'm sure a lot of people who live in more rural places have unknowingly died of this as well.   Nick spent time yesterday with people who work in Milot at the hospital and they said that they currently have 80 Cholera patients admitted.

So far none of our nannies have gotten it, please continue to pray that they don't.  We have posters all over our compound reminding people to wash their hands and how to prevent it from spreading.  They are all terrified of it and doing all they can to keep it at bay.

Thanks for the continued prayers with everything that is going on here.


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