HAITI

Last night I heard an American missionary speak these words; “I am stressed, I am very stressed, I am so tired of this, I want it to stop”.

This woman runs an orphanage in Haiti. To that point the building was intact, the babies and children were all safe. The nannies would not return into the building because of aftershocks, so the kids and the staff all stayed outside for the night.

“It is fortunate” she said “that at present we do not have any children on ventilators or needing oxygen”.

I was impressed with her ‘half full’ perspective; the missionary thought that the outdoor style of life lived by the Haitians may have saved thousands of lives. On the other hand, it is likely, by all accounts, that she had no idea of the extent of the horror that has since unfolded.

There can never be enough aid for the disaster relief that is required in all the situations we have heard about, and there have been a great number in recent times. Reconstruction of lives and homes is another ongoing story-cum-disaster in itself. Yet I hear of great triumphs over adversity by individuals and small groups. It gives me hope.

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0 thoughts on “HAITI

  1. This is yet another awful tragedy yet somehow it seems to bring out the best in people all trying to help one another the Red Cross too are a wonderful bunch of people ….

  2. The governments of the world, pledging all their millions, fire brigade mentality as usual. For years these poor countries have been the butt of political argument, now the total infrastructure has been destroyed money is pouring in. Too late. We’re donating a tenner, we can’t afford anymore or our western lifestyle will suffer. If every working man and woman put a tenner in it would be a large sum. And not just the UK either. But they won’t and we can’t do it all by ourselves.

  3. Indeed, all the organisations, when they get there do wonderful emergency work.

    I am always concerned about the aftermath. Things get left, we see it here after the various bad floods over the years, when people have to make their own way on little or nothing. Promises fade once the initial needs are contained.

  4. In its own limited way, Haiti was stabilising. In the medium term, this disaster will be destabilising. I too, trust a good ‘new’ start will grow. I feel so sorry for the disruption and death.

  5. I am not clear what you are saying here. We are not doing it all by ourselves. Our contribution at present is small, but it is qualitative. The ongoing contribution needs to be as well.

    Haiti was seeing some stabilisation in life and living when this natural disaster occurred. Inward investment that flowed out years ago under corrupt regimes, such as that of Papa Doc, was beginning to trickle in, tentatively, to see if it would stay stable and work. Nature has dealt a blow to that.

  6. If the richer nations had stopped talking the talk, agreed on something tangible and walked the walk then Haiti would be in better shape to cope with such disasters. Instead it takes a disaster like this and the floods a few years ago to jolt the rich dinosaurs into cohesive action.
    Part of the problem is our perception of what is really happening, likewise with the tsunami and New Orleans. We only see what is interesting at the time to the press, when the sensationalism wears off all we have are scraps. I often wonder if the richer governments of the world operate a covert “out of sight, out of mind” attitude as well.

  7. I agree with you about New Orleans. Bush had to be jolted into doing something about that,in his own backyard.

    The rest of your perceptions I find too simplistic. You cannot pour resources into totally corrupt nations ad lib. Yes, people will suffer, while the powerful take the goodies that flow in. There are limitations as to what kind of force can be exerted and where. Other approaches and methods have to be tried.

    As I mentioned, Haiti, with its fragile political situation of centuries, was beginning to settle to a point where outside investment was considering returning, putting a toe in the water to see if they could work and survive in the Haitian political cultures,(plural intended) of the present day. That is now all on hold for obvious reasons.

    Sadly, we are seeing that relief arriving, is already being stolen in quantity. It will be difficult to manage and control aid in a state with poor infrastructure and a culture that is imbued with the corruption of centuries. Somehow, it will have to done.

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