AMERICA/HAITI - Camillian missionaries: so many children have died, many others will die of cholera

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 natural catastrophe  


Turin (Agenzia Fides) - "I wish to inform you the latest news from Haiti, in particular from Jeremie" informs Father Antonio Menengon, head of Madian Orizzonti Onlus, an association that operates in Italy and in the Camillian missions abroad. "Our mission, in particular the old Seminary was partially destroyed, the warehouses flooded. The Saint Camille Hospital Center specialized in the treatment of severe skin wounds and burns, under construction, was partly damaged, especially the roof. The town of Jeremie has been virtually destroyed and totally flooded. The population is completely worn out, without drinking water, food and medicine", explains the priest to Fides.
In addition to this tragic update, also Father Robert Daudier, head of the mission in Haiti, said that: "besides having devastated the city and caused hundreds of deaths, hurricane Matthew has caused the death of almost everything: cattle, it uprooted trees, flooded fields, destroyed crops. The population, which is rural, no longer has any means of subsistence. Cholera has already started to claim victims".
Father Robert launches his appeal for the collection of food, medicines and money to meet the basic needs of the population. "There are many children who died during the fury of the hurricane, many others will die of cholera due to the lack of drinking water; their life belongs to us, they are our children, they are the unfortunate children of humanity.
The good we do them we do it first of all to ourselves because every time we save even one human life we give a sense and save our own lives", said Fr. Robert. (AP/AM) (Agenzia Fides 11/10/2016)