No Far Away

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IDP camp, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

My heart goes out to all those involved in the Gaza conflict. Our family lived in Jerusalem in 1982, and I remember the sonic booms of jets flying overhead.  We followed a tank on a truck as we drove north toward Galilee for vacation.  The next day, Israel invaded Lebanon.  When bombs went off in the city, my desk would collapse on my knees.  War is very real and very present there. There are no righteous aggressors and no children who deserve to have their schools and homes destroyed.

My heart is also heavy for the Ebola victims in West Africa.  Ebola makes a great thriller novel but isn’t good for much else but terror and grief.  Here’s a link to a great article (and brief video) about Samaritan’s Purse’s response in Liberia, where they are providing much of the care and outreach to victims.  MSF (Doctors Beyond Borders) is handling care in Guinea, and you can read more about their work in Guinea here.  According to an International Red Cross fact sheet on the situation in Sierra Leone,

“To date, although there are no official figures, reports indicate that most of the people affected by the EVD [Ebola Virus Disease] are women. The health workers affected have been mainly women and women are the ones that take care of their sick family members and relatives. They are also the ones that care for the body of the person that has died, which is highly infectious if not dealt properly with.”

 
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photo of boots used by the cleaners in Samaritan’s Purse Cholera Treatment Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Please take a minute to find out more about the situation in West Africa and how you can help.  To quote David Wilcox, there is “No Far Away.”

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