Haiti

Mar 07 2008 | 2 comments |

Its stories like these that make me seriously seriously question our collective humanity. Like my other post, the poorest in Haiti eat dirt, while there is tons of food sitting en route, rotting and being devoured by beetles and cockroaches.  They should rush the airport and take the food. I mean what else is there to do? Haiti is a tiny island. It does not have the same logistical nightmare as trying to feed America, Russia or China, its an island.  Yet, the government is still red taped?

"Jean-Paul Michaud, a Canadian, said he sailed to the capital of Port-au-Prince
late last year carrying 60 pounds of donated clothing and medicine —
and that port authorities demanded $10,000 in "customs fees" — code for
a bribe to make the fees disappear.

"I'd have rather thrown the aid in the water," said Michaud. The Canadian Embassy intervened and the fee was later waived."

*sigh*

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  • Posted by solomonsydelle on March 07, 2008

    I read this a while back and I am not ashamed to say that I wept in pain. When will the suffering end? How can I stop such madness? Why so much pain?
    All I can do is take one step at a time, I think…
    NIGERIAN CURIOSITY
    IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER WHEN I ONLY HAD ONE…

  • Posted by nneoma on March 12, 2008

    When I first read an article on dirt cakes I did not want to believe it. I wanted to push it out of my mind because it was unthinkable. But I think it is of benefit to keep these shameful glimpses into vast social inequalities in the forefront of our minds in order to remind us how important our mission is – how seriously important.

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