By IRFAN KHURSHID, Executive Director ICNA Relief Canada
I GOT to Haiti on yesterday (this report was written on January 20-editor). We have stationed at the border of Haiti in Dominican Republic; as the security situation within Haiti is not good. To get into Haiti, embassy security escorts you in, for the safety of the organizations. Doctors and volunteers commute everyday into Haiti and return by night.
Immediate need is of food and water. We have distributed food packages to the affected victims of the quake. Relief items like water, canned fish, canned beans, powder milk, baby milk, juice and toilet paper were distributed. All this was done with the help of the local Islamic center here.
Also, we are coordinating with the local community of doctors to set up a medical base camp. Once set up, a team of doctors awaiting our response can join us in this effort. We are in the process of purchasing a vehicle that will serve as a mobile clinic for us to commute in and out of Haiti everyday to Port-au-Prince.
Many Muslims have died in this ordeal, but there are no statistics reported on that yet. Alhamdulillah, there are four Masajids and one musallah where people pray and by the grace of Allah, all four Masajids are safe and standing.
People here are in great suffering. Everyone is on the streets. People are hungry; children and families without food or water. A lot of help is needed. We should all do our part. Please continue donating, as this earthquake will require a lot of effort from everyone to get the Haitians lives back to where they were.