Much of the news lately comes from post-earthquake Haiti. The massive numbers of dead have been estimated at 50,000 to 100, 000. The estimates have not changed and they will not really know for a long time, if ever. One thing that has changed since the first reports came out–journalists are there now, and the photos and video being broadcast are heart-wrenching.
Another thing that has changed is that people have grown hungry and thirsty–and violent in the desperation to get food and water. Relief efforts have started to materialize, but the infrastructure and situation make delivery a challenge. The airport, for example, is too conjested to allow more landings. Helicopter crews are dropping supplies from the air because there is no place to land.
Reports constantly remind us that Haiti is the poorest country in the western hamisphere. That leaves me wondering why? Why do they want to remind us of their poverty? Just to elicit even more sympathy? Or is there a connection between wealth and the ability to respond to a severe disaster like this?
I am not sure of the answer. Any ideas?
(Don’t forget to visit alphainventions.com)