[Please forgive my intermittent blog posts these days – our new baby has been a joyful handful and leisure time has shrunk, as I imagine many of you understand well. Regular posts will begin again very soon, so thanks for your patience. But today, a special treat: This guest post is from Katie Rice, my wife and a humanitarian songwriter who was so moved by the picture below that she wrote a song about it. Any and all donations made to her noisertrade account will be donated to UNICEF and their ongoing efforts to bring hope and healing in Haiti.]
Today marks the 2 year anniversary since the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. I wrote the song “Hold On” shortly after, inspired by the story of Kiki, a seven-year old boy who was pulled from the rubble 7 days after the earthquake struck. I can remember seeing the picture of Kiki being rescued. That image will stay with me forever.
What must it have been like for Kiki to be trapped beneath his home for 7 days? To hold and sing to his four-year old brother, Titite, who died in Kiki’s arms before rescuers could get to them? To hold on to the belief that there was still a chance he’d make it out?
No one should ever have to experience that kind of horror, especially not a little boy. But even amidst that unthinkable tragedy, the look on Kiki’s face when he was pulled out of the rubble was beautiful. Joyful. Unforgettable.
According to USAID, the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti was the largest urban disaster in modern history. The earthquake affected an estimated 3 million people, including approximately 1.5 million people displaced to 1,300 settlement sites throughout Port-au-Prince. 222,570 people were killed. Tens of thousands of children were orphaned, and thousands more died after the quake due to disease and lack of resources.
As the world moves on and we are bombarded by more sad stories from around the world, we can tend to forget the many continuing to suffer from past disasters. But millions of Haitians live in a world still turned completely upside down by what happened two years ago.
The homeless, the orphaned, the sick, the grieving. Let’s pause today and remember those that suffered and died in the earthquake. And let’s do something together to support the organizations dedicated to providing aid to those continuing to pick up the pieces of this disaster.
I am giving my song “Hold On” away for free via noisetrade. However, if you choose to leave a tip on my noisetrade page, 100% of the money I receive from your tips will go to UNICEF and it’s Haiti Earthquake Fund. Or if you don’t want to tip me, just download the song and then head to UNICEF directly to donate.
Also, please spread the word about my song as a way to remind others about the millions impacted in the Haiti earthquake that still need our help. Thanks so much! –Katie