I was up at 2;30 this morning watching the unfolding events in Haiti on the BBC and AL JAZEERA and thought to myself what if that was Trinidad could we survive that?
They say that God don’t give you more than you can handle, if that’s the case the people of Haiti must have the strength of biblical heroes. It was the Haitians who through titanic struggle defeated the French during the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 to become the First Free Black Republic at a time when the rest of Africans in the western Hemisphere were in shackles.
These Haitian people were beacons to the world that showed that we cannot be stopped and no chain can hold us forever, in the Haitian people are the seeds of strength, resistance, and survival. It was their fight for freedom that contributed to the eventual freedom of us all.
Today Haiti is known only as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, and seem to suffer one disaster after the other, last year they suffered under the blows of three successive hurricanes, yesterday they suffered the largest earthquake in the region since the 1700’s 7 on the scale levelling the city of Port au Prince and killing many in the process.
So while you pack your bags and get ready for the party in Trin-Bago, take some time out for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, pray that the surviving spirit of the Haitian people yet again raise them up from disaster and that they triumph over each test they are given.
Pray too that our homelands big Islands and little ones, the rich ones and the poorer are speared such disasters and that the region can join hands to help Haiti in her time of need.