As we end the festivities of Mardi Gras, we realize that Haiti's usually extravagant Carnival celebration did not occur this year due to the devastation of the earthquake.
The January 12 earthquake hit just as the Carnival season was beginning. The Haitian people have lost so much that they feel no desire to celebrate. "I'm not sad because we don't have Carnival. I'm sad because I lost eight people in my family. They'll never dance again," said a 25-year-old woman.
We should take this sad reality as motivation to continue to reach out to Haiti in the hopes that the people recover physically as well as regain their spirits. It is difficult to speculate whether Haiti will be recovered by Carnival season next year.