How to Share What They’re Seeing on the Ground in Haiti

These words from an email sent me by a friend in Port-au-Prince highlight the struggle of those seeing the tragedy in Haiti firsthand, grappling with how to share what they are seeing with friends without appearing sensationalistic:

I am struggling to find a balance to educate people.  Some things seem too awful to put in writing.  In the rural areas, there are still MANY bodies visible in unreachable places in the rubble.  Like many third world countries, Haiti has lots of dogs and they are feeding on the carcasses.  Children are seeing this.  One person with me says 80 countries and several war zones have not prepared him for what we are seeing.  Most of the public schools were shoddy government construction and hundreds of children died in them but I have not seen this reported. We have seen heavy equipment digging where schools were and bodies of children remained.. One man told us the villagers already went thru the rubble searching for their children, but they found “mostly parts not bodies.”  We all have photos and stories like this but not sure how to share. Please pray about this…we need discernment.  Most of the media have stayed in Port au Prince downtown..  The world has not seen the full reality and may never now that we have Tiger Woods and the Olympics.  This is only a 3 hour flight from the U.S and Americans can help in such big ways. This is way beyond 3rd world poverty…

All that being said, while I write this, the sun is setting and people are singing praise songs on the roof next door.  Another church near us has no roof but the people kneel there at 4:30 every morning on the concrete to pray and worship. The faith here is overwhelming.