1.13.2010

No News is Good News **UPDATED**

26 hours after the earthquake hit Haiti, I still have no news of my classmates.  They are in Haiti near Port-au-Prince right now shooting for their thesis film.  We all had the option of filming the topic of our choice.  Their topic happened to surround an aid program in Haiti.  This is at least their 3rd trip to the country.  They left Monday and were supposed to return tomorrow.  We're a close-knit class.  We're the last to come through our program at our university, there are only 9 of us, and we all get along.  I usually ride with one of the ones missing when we have any group outings.

Last night when I heard the earthquake hit, I was AMAZED!  7.0???  And right near their location???  WOW!!  Then we started getting these horrible reports.  Not cool.  But I was still like well, hopefully they're all right and shooting and they'll be able to get out in a reasonable amount of time (I was assuming the airport was at least temporarily closed).  I also figured things were crazy and we'd hear from them by morning.

I had an early shoot for my own film which meant I was up at 7:15 (yuck).  Still no news.  Okay.  It's really early, I know phone lines are down, who knows what kind of generators they do or do not have where they are?  But by the time we got out at 10, still no word.  I did some research for 2 hours.  Still no word.  I'm checking facebook and one of my friend's sister (who I'd met when she came down last year) friended me and was asking to be kept in the loop if we hear anything.  By this point I'm feeling more than a little bit uneasy.  I call her when we get a (meager) update that they're still trying to get in contact but thankfully all the buildings they were likely to be in were one story.  She'd heard already but just hearing her sounded a bit shaky made me feel shaky.  So the nap I planned became a lot harder.  I called Rashan and chattered away, tried to go to sleep, then called my mom to pray.  We prayed, I laid there thinking, then slept for about 45 minutes before I had to get up for the class I assist.

When I got there it was a bit odd because the professor I assist gave me a worried look and asked how I was and I was still a bit shaky but I kept it together.  We had class and I was glad I had gone because it took my mind off of the lack of information.  I had texted my classmates earlier to make sure they would call or text me if they got any word.  Still nothing.  But at this point, I decided no news was good news.  Then a few minutes ago I saw the statement from the university president about them still being unaccounted for... It seriously underscored the gravity of the situation (again).  I had to de-Haiti-fy my tv for now.  No news shows.  At least until I can get some info about my friends.  Right now I'm about to kick myself off of the internet for a while so I can stop making myself crazy by constantly checking for updates.


****UPDATE****
THEY FOUND THEM AND THEY'RE ALIVE AND WELL!!!  STUCK IN HAITI BUT OKAY!!

14 comments:

Momisodes said...

I am so sorry to hear about your classmates.

It is just devastating to see what Haiti is enduring right. I hope and pray for everyone there, including the ones you knw. I wish I could do more.

Ginae said...

sorry to hear this about your mates. i pray they are o.k. and that getting the word out is just going slow.

keep us posted.

sending prayer to your mates and all of Haiti as well

Rashan Jamal said...

I wish I was there to give you a great big hug

Nerd Girl said...

I'll be praying for you, your classmates, and everyone else affected by this horrible, horrible tragedy.

You are right IMHO to turn the news off and just walk away. There's only so much one can bear. I had to do the same during Katrina.

Be well.

Not so Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about your classmates. I'll keep them and your class in my prayers.

Therapeutic Musings said...

I'm praying for you and your classmates.

Trish said...

That's GREAT they're all alive and well! I am in training today and been looking at pics of the devastation on-line and it was really sad to see. I don't even know anyone there and my heart is heavy. The worse part is all the bodies in the streets. So sad.

Ginae said...

woohoo! wonderful news. praise Him!

Sparkling Red said...

Thank God they're alright!

Opinionated Diva said...

I started to email you from work today, but didn't want to be a pest....sooooooooooo glad they are OK!

love.joi said...

that is AWESOME! a friend of mine still has a friend who who arrived in Haiti just hours before the quake but has not yet contacted his family...sigh...He was there to do mission work. God Bless, Paul.

love.joi said...

just found out my friends friend is safe. Praise God & God Bless Haiti!

Jameil said...

Thank you everyone for praying! One classmate is back in the U.S. The other is in the Dominican Republic trying to get back. It's pretty hectic over there as you can imagine.

nerd... I had to do that with Katrina, too. I was on the phone with my college roommate as she pointed out her old h.s. and her sister's best friend's house on CNN, both underwater.

trish... that is definitely why I had to stop watching.

diva... i wasn't really doing the email thing anyway so I wouldn't have really noticed. but thanks for thinking of me!

love.joi... i'm glad Paul was found, too!

Not So Anonymous said...

That's a wonderful update!