Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Fan's Plea For Help

It's been five days since a devastating earthquake hit the nation of Haiti. Since then we've seen heartbreaking images of parents mourning their dead children, but also encouraging tales of families reunited when they thought all hope was lost. For one of Rob's fans, the outcome of what has been an urgent search is not yet clear. So while we discuss when Rob will make his next public appearance, or the latest Twilight movie trailer will be released, right now this member of our fan community is desperately hoping her prayers are answered.

Here's Dilia's experience and plea for help:

My name is Dilia Oviedo. I'm from the Dominican Republic and currently in Barcelona, but I like a lot of Dominicans have friends in Haiti. At the moment of the earthquake I was talking to my mother through Skype. She felt the earth move and moments later it was the news heard throughout the world: a 7.0 earthquake had hit Haiti. After the earthquake went by and the aftershock started, my mother started calling her boyfriend in Haiti without being able to get through given that communications to Haiti at the time were impossible. My mother's boyfriend was safe. He was lucky enough that just 2 minutes before the earthquake hit, he had gotten out of his office building, which was destroyed killing the people inside. His mother was also not as lucky. She was killed when her house fell apart. At this moment we are still waiting for news on some of my brothers friends. The guys that are missing are Richardson Michel and the members of the Haitian reggae band Yizrael.

If anyone knows anything about their whereabouts, please contact me diliaoviedo@gmail.com.

We want to thank Dilia for sharing her story with other fans.

Here's a list of resources for Haiti relief compiled by National Public Radio.

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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