AMERICA / HAITITI – The Camillians come to the aid of the earthquakes: “We must give people dignity and love, as Jesus teaches us”
Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) – “Our medical team is mobilized and is already available to continue welcoming more and more people and providing them with the necessary care. We wish the Haitian people resilience, arm ourselves with courage and use our intelligence to live these difficult times by seeking solidarity and giving dignity and love to patients, as Jesus taught us “, said Father Robert Daudier, director of the Saint Camille hospital in Port-au-Prince, in an interview with Agenzia Fides on the program of material and spiritual aid launched by the Camillians after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit the island of the Caribbean on August 14.
“At 8:30 am, said Father Robert, we felt the shock and, as a precaution, we left our houses. I contacted my colleagues who live in Jérémie, an area near the epicenter of the earthquake, and they told me that the whole region is seriously damaged and that we cannot move. Great damage was caused throughout the south of the country, “continued the priest,” where the population was already living in poverty before. With this catastrophic earthquake, the extremely precarious situation of the population becomes even more alarming. There are many human lives to mourn and severe damage to buildings and infrastructure ”. According to figures published by local authorities, the number of victims continues to increase: to date, more than 2,000 dead, 344 missing and more than 10,000 injured.
The Camillian religious present in Haiti, both in Port-au-Prince and in Jérémie, immediately began to provide the populations with first aid material. “In Jeremiah – reports the missionary – we lack almost all of our food, medicine and medical supplies to come to the aid of the population immediately. The roads are blocked by landslides and many villages are inaccessible “, explains Father Daudier,” there is the lack of drinking water, diesel and electricity. Last week, a group of volunteers left Saint Camille Hospital in Port-au-Prince in various vehicles to bring food, medicine, clothing and more to the victims of the earthquake, ”he said. he continued. “We continue to welcome the sick, injured and traumatized in earthquake zones. Our operating theaters are at full capacity ”.
“As soon as the emergency is over,” Father Robert said of future plans, “we will help build houses for the displaced. In September, two more containers with food, medical supplies, medicines and much more will be on the way. Once again, faced with yet another emergency – he concludes – we must continue to support families in the future and meet their needs “. (ES) (Agenzia Fides 8/25/2021)