Just dropping in to report that I heard through Diplopundit that an entire foreign service family was lost in Haiti. State Department employee Andrew Wyllie lost his wife (on her birthday) and his two sons, aged 7 and 5, in the quake. This in addition to foreign service officer Victoria DeLong, who died in her home that day.
Unknown numbers of people have died in Haiti, I know. But I'm thinking especially hard of the Wyllie family because, well, they could've been any foreign service family. You move to a post, and you accept that you are taking on many risks. There are all sorts of ways you can die in a foreign country - car accidents take a lot of foreign service members, for example, and these accidents would often have been survivable in a place where better medical care was available.
This family moved to Haiti knowing it would be hard, knowing they would hate some aspects of the place, knowing they would face all manner of unknown health and safety risks. They went, though, to serve the U.S. in a hard place. This wife agreed to pack up and move her whole family because of her husband's job. That's a big, scary decision, for all of us spouses, and I really hope she was happy with the life she was building for her family in Haiti before she died.
My prayers go out to the family.