In the terrible wake of the devastating quake in Haiti, we have heard this about long-time Beacon friend and supporter, author Edwidge Danticat, who was interviewed for this story about Haitian-Americans waiting for news of loved ones:
Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian-American author whose books about the country have won the National Book Award and the Pushcart Prize, gathered family and friends at her Miami home, which has become something of a command center.
"Some people are online, some are watching CNN, some are listening to Haitian radio," she said late Tuesday night. "There's a huge sense of helplessness about it. You want to go there, but you just have to wait. I think the hardest part is the lack of information."
She said that for years, Haitians wondered with trepidation what would happen if an earthquake hit.
"Life is already so fragile in Haiti, and to have this on such a massive scale, it's unimaginable how the country will be able to recover from this."
Those who want to pitch in are encouraged to check out these resources:
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to make a $10 donation.
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(800) REDCROSS (733-2767)
151 Ellis Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
(800) 521-CARE (521-2273)
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA/MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (MSF)
333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004
226 Causeway St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2206
(800) 77-OXFAM (776-9326)
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
PO Box 845259
Boston, MA 02284-5259