Haiti – Salesian efforts after earthquake hits the country

16 August 2021

(ANS - Les Cayes) - Two days ago, a violent earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck Haiti, causing almost 1,300 victims and thousands of injured and missing persons. The hospitals have welcomed over 5,700 patients and are now almost completely filled. An extremely serious event, which sadly recalled the disaster of 2010, when Haiti was devastated by another powerful earthquake that caused 200,000 victims and thousands of displaced people.

The worst damage of this new earthquake was recorded in the south of the country, from where the first news of the Salesians who live and work in this area have reached us. In none of the Salesian works were there any injuries and all the buildings, except for small collapses of the surrounding walls, appear to be safe. Only one institution belonging to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians has suffered substantial damage, particularly in the classrooms and auditorium, but even in this case, there are no victims or injuries.

While the toll of the situation worsens hour after hour and the fear of the expected arrival of a tropical storm grows, the Salesians are already mobilizing to guarantee maximum support to the affected population. In fact, they have already visited the families of the neighborhood in which they operate, documenting the damage suffered. “A fundraiser has not been mobilized,” explain the Salesians of Haiti. “However, there may be people in your country who want to donate and know about what the Salesians are doing,” they add, inviting those who wish to make their own contributions to do so.

Meanwhile, the many displaced people who have lost their homes due to the earthquake are welcomed in Salesian works and other religious buildings in the country.

A disaster, Haiti's, which also attracted the attention of Pope Francis. Immediately after yesterday’s Angelus, in fact, the Holy Father prayed for the people affected by the earthquake and launched a strong appeal for the active participation of the international community. “I wish to express my closeness to those dear people who have been hard hit by the earthquake,” said Pope Francis.As I raise my prayers to the Lord for the victims, I address a word of encouragement to the survivors, desiring that the international community will take a shared interest in them. May the solidarity of all alleviate the consequences of the tragedy. Let us pray together to Our Lady for Haiti.”


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