posted on Apr, 20 2010 @ 09:45 PM
I was watching Katie Couric tonight and she went back to Haiti where people had settled in make-shift tents (lucky ones) on an old military airfield
just out of town. I believe she said there were 35,000 people there.
The squalor was unimaginable...piles of garbage, sewage everywhere, ...actually, not much different than they were living before.
The people she spoke to complained that crime, assault, and rape was rampant and women lived in fear of even walking to the bathroom...one woman raped
by 3 men .
there was no organization, no security, just people milling around and looking "settled" in their new world.
I know the USA and other countries sent food, tents, buildiong supplies, and lots of money...but, it would appear that it is not being used.
There are 13,000 children, and only one school for 250 children run by volunteers from other countries...where are their people? What are they doing
The medical people she spoke to were from other countries...the woman interviewed was from Ireland and considered the "mayor"
I was most struck by the people themselves, not taking initiative in taking care of themselves...just waiting around for someone else to do something.
The rainy season is coming, but there they sit, in their own garbage...
There is only so much someone can for someone...ultimately they have to want it for themselves. Prior to the quake, their life style was much the
same...the poorest country in the world.
I realize they didn't have much, but effort could be made to take care of their garbage, create a micro community where responsibility is shared by
all for basic functions of a town...civilization requires initiative and work.
I think we all knew the donations would not make it to the people and if it did, would not be used as a springboard for improvement....just used
I think it is very sad to see, and may be a lesson for all of us.
Would we be a people who take the initiative in a severe crisis, or would we become children waiting for someone else to do something for us? Would we
revert to primitive, disorganization? It's something to think about.