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January 25th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

A mother mourns her senseless loss

Laura Blank
World Vision

I listened to her wailing. It wasn’t a quiet sob or even a loud scream, but it was an urgent, pleading, desperate cry for the little boy that would never return.

Just after we returned to our hotel in Port-au-Prince last night, the crying began. At first, our team thought someone was in trouble, but as the loud agony persisted, we realized it was something much more troubling than that. We could hear wailing and clapping, talking and praying, moans of deep sorrow over the senseless loss of a little child.

One of our teammates asked a hotel employee what was happening. She found out that they were remembering a little boy who’s body had been recovered from the rubble of the devastating earthquake last week in Haiti, one of the country’s worst natural disasters. Recent estimates now put the death toll at more than 200,000, an almost unimaginable statistic. Imagine the entire town of Arlington, Virginia, completely wiped out in 45 seconds?

We couldn’t see the group of mourners; they were hidden behind the concrete block wall that so typically surrounds buildings like our hotel in Haiti. But we could hear them.

As we went to bed, the tears continued. Early the next morning, our team sat outside the hotel again, working and talking, as we got ready for another day of relief work throughout the city. As I sat down, I hear her haunting cries again. I think they had continued their memorial all through the late hours of the night and into the early hours of this morning. What kind of grief must she be experiencing to cry so hard and so long?

Editor's Note: Laura Blank is media relations manager at World Vision, a Christian humanitarian charity organization. World Vision works with children, families, and their communities worldwide to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice.


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake
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  1. Marilyn Tbeur

    I hope I never have to experience what these parents and people had to go through during this devastating earthquake. I can truly imagine their loss of what happened, and more so the lost of love ones, especially their children. Everyone from different cultures have their own way to mourn, as long as they are mourning through our heavenly father! Only they know how deep the grief is, and how long they will experience it. My heart goes out to all of those people of/from Haiti, as I feel like I have also lost one of my own.

    Marilyn Tbeur, KC MO

    January 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  2. Terri U

    I saw a report last week about all the children who are hurt and suffering in the hospital without their parents. Nobody is there to hold their hand or comfort them. There are tons of stories of citizens who have lost their family and home. Is there a way to start matching up some of the homeless with some of the children? An adult could be the childs 'comforter' until they are well or reunited with their family. With no where to go and nothing to do, why not? Has anyone else thought along these lines? Start small, its worth a try, isn't it?

    January 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    My prayers are with the people of Haiti, this could happen any where and at any time without warning.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  4. Millie Badolato

    I pray that organizations like World Vision takes care of the phychological care of these families for a long time. This mom will never be the same; I hope the community gets the resources available to help with these traumatic aftershocks of the Soul!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  5. Jackie Carter

    The dead can be buried their pain will live forever.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:07 am |