A Year Later Thoughts on Haiti

Tavis offers his thoughts on the situation in Haiti, one year after the devastating earthquake.

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the mammoth earthquake that devastated Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince. Some 230,000 people were killed and more than 1.5 million people were left homeless. Today, bodies are stilled being pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings and hundreds of thousands are still living in refugee camps. As a result of a cholera outbreak that began late last year, more than 3,400 people have died. The people of the tiny Caribbean country still struggle to piece together a life.


Tavis: When a massive 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti one year ago this week the images beamed around the world revealed not only the devastating nature of the quake itself but also the underlying and ongoing crisis of poverty.
Out of this disaster came home that people and nations around the world would seize upon the crisis and not only lift Haiti out of the rubble of the disaster but elevate it from its seemingly permanent plight.
Sadly, however, as we approach this one-year anniversary, Haiti is still struggling to recover from the earthquake, and worse yet, it is in the throes of a deadly cholera outbreak.
Some sobering stats: More than a million people remain displaced in Haiti with less than one-third of those still living in tents having access to international assistance. Speaking of assistance, less than half of the more than $2 billion pledged has actually been distributed, and only 15% of the temporary housing needed has been constructed.
Bottom line? Haiti needs our help now more than ever. If we can build schools and roads and bridges in Iraq and Afghanistan, then surely we can provide clean drinking water, healthy supplies and a safe place to sleep for our neighbors in need. Our government can do more. We can do more.
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Last modified: April 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm