Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Good News Tuesday: Helping Hands In Haiti

The news out of Haiti has gotten worst as expected when there is so few resources and the people get more desperate.

But keeping with the Good News Tuesday theme I would like to point out the positives involving Haitians cause I already know the media is going to suspect when reporting the news from the island.

1- Senegal President offers Haitians a home.

PARIS — Senegal's president on Sunday called for Africa to make room for victims of Haiti's earthquake to restart their lives on the continent from where their ancestors were snatched as slaves.

"The repeated calamities that befall Haiti prompt me to propose a radical solution -- to take measures to create somewhere in Africa... the conditions for Haitians to return," President Abdoulaye Wade told France Info radio.

"They did not choose to go to that island," he added, referring to the mass deportation of African slaves to Haiti, then a French colony, from the 16th century.

"It is our duty to recognise their right to come back to the land of their ancestors."

His spokesman Mamadou Bamba Ndiaye gave further details of the proposals.

"If it is just a few people, we will offer them a roof and a patch of land," he told the radio station. "If they come in large numbers, we will give them a whole region."

This a very generous offer from the President of Senegal, I am curious to see how serious is about it and if anyone takes him up on the offer.

2- In the area of athletics...Dominican Miguel Tejada goes to Haiti to help quake victims By David Brown.....

A native of the Dominican Republic, Tejada arrived in Haiti on Sunday, intent on doing whatever possible to help people he calls "brothers."

Tejada told MSNBC he was bringing water, food and — most of all — himself in response to an earthquake that's killing an untold amount and has plunged an entire country into chaos.

"I was in the States when it happened," Tejada said. "They came to my heart and I'm really sorry for what has happened. That's why I came here, to bring some support for the people here."

3- Doctors Remove Concrete From Haitian Girl Brain

One of the first surgeries performed in the big US Navy hospital ship of the coast of Haiti involved the removal of concrete, yes, concrete, from a little Haitian girl's brain.
She is 12 years old and she will be OK

CNN's Sanjay Gupta was the one who performed the brain surgery.

What do you know... A neurosurgeon was needed to perform the operation, and thank God, CNN sent a neurosurgeon to Haiti to report on the earthquake.

"I am a doctor first," Sanjay said a few days ago, "and I am confortable with that."

Keeping the faith.