“Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed.”
Those were the words of Haitian President René Préval as he described the level of damage caused by the 7.0 earthquake and multiple, comparable aftershocks that hit
For many around the world, the deluge of news covering the earthquake is the first time that the conditions in
Then, as now, the world and its news agencies are turning their attention to
But the resilience of Haitians and the Diaspora will not fail. The shots of people digging through rubble with their bare hands, while they wait for the aid to arrive, are a testament to the strength and bravery of the Haitian people. Meanwhile donations are pouring in through the Internet, especially through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and even cell phone text messages. Many choose to send their money to organizations like Yele
One can only hope that sufficient funds, a rapid response and sustainable international assistance can stabilize the country and quell the panic that had since run rampant. And yet, though the present and the future of
The road to recovery will be long, ridden with hunger and violence—these are inevitable. Perhaps embedded in the horror of this earthquake is a genuine opportunity to rebuild
*Richard André is a guest blogger to AmericasQuarterly.org and an intern at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas. He was born in Queens, New York, to Haitian parents, and graduated from Amherst College in May 2009.
June 1: This AQ-Efecto Naím segment looks at sustainable cities in the hemisphere.
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Mexico City, Mexico
Juan Manuel Henao
New York, NY
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
San Salvador, El Salvador
Julio Rank Wright
Christian Gómez, Jr.
Johanna Mendelson Forman