Our tears well unexpectedly as we watch heart rending scenes of the few pulled from crumpled buildings, says Sande Ramage. But is this heavily mediated emotion thwarting honest reflection about our real responsibilities?
Acts of compassion — Haitians working together to help neighbours and strangers — is far more prevalent than the incidents of violence that are being reported on the international media, say Mennonite aid workers.
Contributions to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Haiti Earthquake Appeal have increased to £23 million so far, as the public responds with continuing generosity to the desperate need of Haiti's earthquake survivors.
The incoming Action of Churches Together International coordinator for Haiti has outlined urgent priorities for the huge relief operation she is about to lead. Elsa Moreno is due to arrive in the Dominican Republic today.
Christian Aid has already released £100,000 for immediate emergency relief to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti, and is working with other agencies and the UN to coordinate the distribution of aid on a far wider scale.
Haiti's capital "looks like a war zone", and one million people are without shelter following the devastating earthquake that shook the Caribbean nation, the ACT Alliance global network of churches and related agencies has warned.