Haiti’s orphans offered ‘free to a good home’
Nick Allen; 1/2/10; (2 Items)
The young woman hesitated for just a moment before she offered me the child for adoption. Guerda Charles, a homeless victim of the earthquake, did not want money. Instead she wanted to give the girl to a good home in America – away from the chaos of Haiti. As human traffickers scour the squalid camps of Port-au-Prince in search of children to sell, the fate of Haiti’s orphans can depend on the adults that chance brings their way. Three-year-old Trassy Vieulloud, and Semelus Beonelove Kendy, aged 10, lost their parents in the earthquake like so many of Haiti’s children. But instead of falling into the grasp of a stranger who would sell them, they were in the care of Mrs Charles, a 26-year-old neighbour.
See: http://www.theage.com.au/world/haitis-orphans-offered-free-to-a-good-home-20100131-n6hh.html; Arrests as 31 children stopped at border with ‘US abductors’; 1/2/10February 1/2/10; See: http://www.theage.com.au/world/arrests-as-31-children-stopped-at-border-with-us-abductors-20100131-n6hi.html
Haiti and the Theodicy Question
Ron Rolheiser 24/1/10;
– Where is God in the countless tragedies that happen in our world?
– Where is God when bad things happen to good people?
– Where was God during the Holocaust?
These are timeless questions and, taken together, constitute what is often called the theodicy question, the question of God and human suffering. Every so often this question hits us with a particular poignancy, as it did last week with the earthquake in Haiti. Somewhere between a quarter of a million and half a million people are dead, thousands are injured, hundreds of thousands are homeless, thousands more now face the possibility of disease from lack of proper water, food, housing, and hygiene, its capital city has been almost completely destroyed, and virtually everyone in the country has lost loved ones. And all of this happened to one of the poorest nations in the world – and to a people who have a deep faith in God.
– Where is God in all this?
– How does one find a faith perspective within which to understand this?