Haiti’s plight gives us pause

For the people of Haiti, there is little hope to cling to. It’s been more than a year since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake brought this nation to its knees. Billions of dollars have been pledged to help the country get back on its feet, but the country still can’t get a foothold, it seems.

For the people of Haiti, there is little hope to cling to. It’s been more than a year since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake brought this nation to its knees. Billions of dollars have been pledged to help the country get back on its feet, but the country still can’t get a foothold, it seems.

From Haiti’s grim cholera-ridden streets, we in Canada should have a new appreciation for what we have, especially for the basics of food, water, shelter, health care and well-run government.

It’s clear that, while the reconstruction of the country is moving forward, it is doing so in excruciatingly slow motion. In fact, only five per cent of the rubble in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince has been cleared since the earthquake.

Haiti was already a nation on the brink of disaster before the earthquake hit. According to Canadian officials, 85 per cent of its citizens lived in abject poverty before the quake. Only one in five had access to clean water.

After the earth shook, 30 hospitals were destroyed. Three out of four medical schools were levelled, as was the nation’s largest nursing hospital.

Add hurricanes, disease and political instability to the mix, and the devastation is worse than some war zones. Meanwhile, many of us go about our daily lives and find plenty to complain about.

Some Haitians lost entire families in the quake and have little to live for. It’s a sombre situation that offers us plenty of reasons to pause and be grateful for what we have in Canada.

u Black Press

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