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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)

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2 Comments

  1. Eventhough the journalist remaind us about Haiti’s proverty, I still believe taht there are rich men in that country ,it just a matter of really big GINI coefficient.China has got a considerable Gini coefficient as well.However,2 years ago,China was once tramped into a devastate earthquake. Helps were all in-time delivered in forms of food,drinkable water,bedding and fast-constructed house etc.That all contributes to our massive infrastructures being built and the amount of those fundamental facilities such as road,airport all can be assumed as indicators of measuring a country’s development.

  2. First I shall convey my greatest sorrow to those who were,are or no longer suffering from the earthquake disaster. Eventhough the journalist remaind us about Haiti’s proverty, I still believe that there were (quake would causes wleath redistributed)rich men in that country ,it just a matter of really big GINI coefficient.China has got a considerable Gini coefficient as well.However,2 years ago,China was once tramped into a devastate earthquake. Helps were all in-time delivered in forms of food,drinkable water,bedding and fast-constructed house etc.That all contributes to our massive infrastructures being built and the amount of those fundamental facilities such as road,airport all can be assumed as indicators of measuring a country’s development.


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