As if a 6.1 "aftershock" (here in the states, 6.1 is considered a full-blown earthquake, but whatever) isn't enough, get a load of this news update regarding the evacuation of orphan children (who have U.S. families waiting for them):
"JCICS further relayed that orphanage requests to the U.S. Embassy for security
and transportation for the children have been denied by the State Department.
The U.S. ministry associated with this orphanage, For His Glory Adoption
Outreach (FHG), was also asked to stop requesting security, transportation or
even water at the orphanage location. Following discussions with staff and
board members in Port-au-Prince, the difficult decision was made that all 133
children, including approximately 60 children under the age of 3, will begin
early in the morning of January 20th to walk the over 2 kilometers to the U.S.
Embassy Port-au-Prince. This decision was made due to the limited staff
available and the increasingly dangerous security situation at the orphanage in
Port-au-Prince. The staff will carry as much water, food and baby formula as
possible with them for the orphans while processing at the U.S. Embassy. JCICS
relayed that once processing is completed, the orphans will travel to the United
States on "cargo jets to locations that are not often known until an hour or so
before the flight leaves."
Kim Harmon, President of FHG, acknowledged that "this arrangement is far from
ideal for the safety and well-being of the children. We are calling to all who
care about these precious children to pray earnestly for their safety tomorrow.""
This isn't some daycare piling children in a buggy for a nice walk down a suburban street to a local municipal park.
Seriously, now I know how much this both grieves my heart for the safety of these children, as well as infuriates me with the complete idiocy of our government. I can only imagine how the waiting adoptive families feel with this latest development.
Please, please say a prayer for these children, orphanage staff and families today.