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A first-hand account of Haiti sorrow

January 14, 2010 Journal
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The writer of this email letter dated January, 14, 2010, Jules Casseus, is the Rector of the UCNH, Universite Cretienne du Nord d'Haiti. He is a reknowned Haitian Baptist Theologian

Thank you for inquiring about this major disaster that came upon Haiti with that KILLER QUAKE.  The whole country is in shock by this terrible event.

            I do have one brother and six nephew and nieces living in Port au prince. So far one of my nieces in unaccounted for, they just dont know  what happen to her yet.  My brother and other nephews and nieces are not sleeping inside their houses for fear that the walls might be falling on them during an aftershock, their houses have big cracks.

            Communication with Port au Prince is very difficult and almost impossible.

            What is happening in Port au prince is affecting the whole country. It is affecting us here at the University.  So far we have a married theology student from Port au prince who lost his house as well as his daughter that died in the house.  Our students from Port au prince might not be able to come back for the second semester at the University.  The fuel we buy for our generators and other products that we need always come from Port au Prince, so in the days ahead we will experience shortages in fuel and other items and this will cause a big problem for the running of the University.  We do have two or three cracks in women dormitory but they are not too dangerous.

            What happened in Port au prince will affect everybody in Haiti, it is a national disaster.  For one thing everybody around the country have a relative in Port au prince and so far in our area in the Limbé valley we have many cries of people who have lost a relative, a son or a daughter studying in Port au prince. There is one family in Limbé who lost two daughters and the son has a broken leg.

 I do believe that all the Christians in the North and the Christian institutions like  our University should try to work out something.  The situation is so bad that it will be wise for us to get together to strategize our action.  I believe that it will take years before the country and especially Port-au-prince to become normal. So far communication in the North or around Haiti is a challenge, it is still non existent.

            Please continue to pray for Haiti, pray for us so that we can manage to do the right thing in order to meet some of the urgent needs of the haitian people especially those in Port au prince.

            Jules Casseus

 PS. I just learned that the Bible School/STEP Seminary in Port is down and two students are dead