Thursday, January 21, 2010

How desperate is Haiti?

This desperate:

A mob of Haitians reach out as goods are thrown from a nearby shop in the downtown business district on January 17, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A man pulls the body of an earthquake victim from a coffin in order to steal the coffin at the cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Looters steal a bag of another looter who lies dead, shot by the police on January 17, 2010 near the Hypolite Market in Port-au-Prince. (Olivier Laban Mattei/AFP/Getty Images)

[More scenes of overwhelming crisis in The Big Picture. All captions above by Alan Taylor.]

How to help: Through CNN here, more links to relief efforts sites here. And, in case you deleted this earlier Globe Telecom advisory without having read it:

Help earthquake victims in Haiti by donating to Red Cross. Text HAITI to 2899. Available amounts are as follows: P5/25/50/100/300/500/1000. Ex. HAITI 50 to 2899. Transaction is free of charge.

PLUS: Haiti and the Dominican Republic: A Tale of Two Countries--

How else to explain why Haiti suffers, while the Dominican Republic--which shares the 30,000 sq. miles of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola--is relatively well-off?

[W]hile both countries struggled with democracy, economically they began to diverge. Haiti had long been exploited, by foreign powers, neighbors and its own rulers. France not only milked its colony for coffee and sugar production, it also extracted an indemnity from Haiti: the young nation had to pay a burdensome sum to its former colonizer in order to achieve France's diplomatic recognition. The lighter-skinned Dominicans looked down on the darker-skinned Haitians: in 1965, even as the D.R. was embroiled in civil war, Haitians were working in Dominican fields and not the other way around. And while Trujillo at least encouraged economic development in his country, Duvalier pere et fils essentially sold their own people as cheap sugar cane-cutters to the Dominican Republic.

Today, with a lack of resources and a much higher population density than its neighbor, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.


gibbs cadiz said...

ANONYMOUS, sorry i accidentally deleted your comment so i'm reposting it:

It's really heart-breaking seeing the situation in Haiti. To be devastated by an earthquake when a majority of its people already live in absolute poverty only adds to the suffering and misery.

Thanks Gibbs for taking a break from arts and culture to further raise awareness.

renantech said...

i am keep praying that there are lots of people are still alive for this strategy in Haiti.. Thanks to all the support from different nations all over the world. Haiti need more food supplies.

Anonymous said...

The situation is dire, indeed. God forbid, but the Philippines could easily be like Haiti. We are on earthquake zone and a major quake could devastate our major cities because of lack of building codes and high population density. Our limited infrastructures will doubt be overwhelmed.

Dorothy Rimson said...

I'm broken

tim said...

That is really hilarious, i also have friends posting this kind of issue as well. but you know, it is really hard to figure out, why is this happening. But we know already what is the reason. Let us just keep the faith and pray that it will never happen here in Phils.

Dhon said...

lets all pray for their safety and for a fast recovery..

baby crib said...

The incident made Haiti worse than ever. This is very alarming. I hope all of us will unite to help them because the survivors will then end to become victims.

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