Death and destruction are still unprecedented in Haiti seven months after the earthquake even though billions have been donated. That raises the question, why? Thousands of relief and rescue workers, doctors, nurses and charitable workers still have not made a dent in the pain and misery. The people’s conditions remain indescribable and the suffering remains with the Haitian people alone.
According to some statistics thus far, 1,100 children have been removed from harm’s way and into a permanent family; and 45,000 children and families are receiving services. Those numbers are a proverbial drop in the bucket. For every one person or family that is helped, there are hundred that go unattended. In addition, the streets of Port au Prince are inundated by gangs.
The U.S. Army brought food, water and medicine and delivered them to many of our orphanages. Then came the doctors and nurses who performed round-the-clock surgeries with few professional instruments, doing miracles with little medical facilities. However, it appeared that the urgency has faded away and a large number of the troops has left though the people’s desperation has persisted and remained. Without continuous aid and support, the people of Haiti may be doomed.
However, history has shown that they are a resilient people. Observers say they have seen Haitians helping Haitians. Men, most who had lost their own homes, were out digging friends out of the rubble. Women, most having lost all they had, were comforting the injured and caring for their neighbor’s children. And young children, scared and alone, were now carrying water buckets for miles, trying desperately not to spill a drop. Those people were the true heroes of this tragedy called the Haitian earthquake.
But they cannot do it all by themselves. The rubble has yet to be removed from the roads. Promised housing has yet to be built. The pre-quake poverty is growing every day. Efficient aid is stymied by the bureaucracy of world governments. Effective assistance is impeded by the territoriality that is the U.N. and NGO community. Haiti needs help!