Marcus Garcia was about to record an editorial at his Port-au-Prince radio station on Jan. 12, 2010, when the ground began to shake. It stopped moments later. Having never experienced an earthquake before, he thought that was it.
For Haitian Americans and immigrants, Jan. 12 is a solemn day of remembrance.
Haitian leaders from the Diocese of Brooklyn traveled to Texas this week with a dual purpose: to aid newly arrived Haitian migrants in the U.S., and to better understand their needs in preparation for their possible arrival up north.
Images of the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio show an unprecedented scene: More than 10,000 migrants huddled underneath the city’s international bridge seeking asylum, with many more constantly wading the waters of the Rio Grande River with the same desire.
Pope Francis will be sending nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help people in Haiti, who are struggling in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake during a global pandemic.
The Cathedral of St. Anne may have to be demolished following the Aug. 14 earthquake in Haiti. But pews and a bell donated from the Diocese of Brooklyn had no damage, and will continue to be part of the cathedral, whether it is rebuilt or repaired, the pastor said.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is asking the faithful in Brooklyn and Queens to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti by contributing to a voluntary second collection at Mass during the next couple of weeks.
Harry Dumay, president of the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee and a native of Haiti, said everyone throughout his homeland is “devastated by what happened to their brothers and sisters in the south of Haiti,” hit Aug. 14 by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.
Within hours of the earthquake in Haiti, relief efforts were underway in the Diocese of Brooklyn and elsewhere to raise funds and provide emergency supplies to that hard-hit Caribbean nation.
Long Island’s Haitian American community is concerned about friends and relatives affected by the recent earthquake, and people want to help.