So remember I told you the event in honor of Jamie and Ali McMutrie had to be postponed just a few hours before it was scheduled to begin and remember I told you that they had a good reason for being unable to attend?
The reason they were unable to attend was because they returned to Haiti that very day in an effort to retrieve 11 BRESMA children that the French government did not rescue as they were supposed to do.
I had dinner with Jamie, Ali, and Jonathan Wander a week ago when Jamie told me she had received a phone call that very day informing her that the French left 11 children behind. It was a hard thing to hear, but I could also hear the determination in Jamie’s voice that she was going to do everything she could with Ali to find a way to bring those children here, despite the fact that their matches with French families fell through.
So I wasn’t surprised when Jonathan called me and told me that the girls would be heading to Haiti last Friday to try to bring the children to the States.
Of course, increasingly strict regulations as they relate to orphans in Haiti stood in Jamie and Ali’s way of lobbying Haiti to bring the 11 here. Jamie and Ali were able to have food, water, and supplies delivered to the orphanage for the 11 children and their nannies, a small consolation in having to leave them there to return briefly to the States, as their plane only had a two hour window to stay on the ground.
The girls plan to return to Haiti to try again as soon as possible. As you can imagine, right now Jamie and Ali are focused on those last 11 children. As Jamie indicated, it might mean that Jamie and Ali have to return to Haiti earlier than they had planned to, in order to be with those children.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. They are true heroes and their current celebrity status has done nothing to change their devotion to the children of Haiti. I have learned that first-hand in talking with them since their return.
These are my words, not those of the McMutrie family. Therefore, you are free to comment on this post, whereas in the past, those posts that were the words of the family had closed comments.
I hope that you all will get to meet Jamie and Ali soon, but I know that you understand that the kids and their safety and well-being have to come first.