Tuesday, September 2, 2008
S.O.S for Gonaives, Haiti
Please say a special prayer for the people of Gonaives. Gonaives is a also called the city of the independence. The city is being pounded with rain a residents are actually staying on the top of their roof according to a report I heard live caraibesfm.com I do give praise to God that the storm did not do too much damage in LA but unfortunately it is not the same in Haiti. According to the reporters the sea and the rives all become one. We do not have a pumping system like in the US and according to one official the water level is about 3 meters high.
Gonaïves (Gonayiv in Kréyòl) is a city in northern Haïti, the capital of the Artibonite Department. It has a population of about 104,825 people (2003 census). The city's name derives from the original Amerindian name of Gonaibo. It is located at about 100 Kilometers (55 miles) northwest of Port-Au-Prince
It is also known as Haïti's "independence city" because it was there that Gen. Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haïti's independence on January 1, 1804.
In September 2004, Hurricane Jeanne caused major flooding and mudslides in the city. 3,006 people were confirmed dead in Haïti, and the death toll in Gonaïves was believed to have topped 2,000. Every building in the city was damaged by the storm, and 250,000 people were left homeless.
If you read our previous blogs you will be able to see how Gustave affected us now I am not sure if this is the reminiscent of Gustav or just the impact of Hannah.
Please, please help anyway you can. If you have families over there please land them a helping hand otherwise if there is any organization over there you can help people with relief.