Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Haiti I'm sorry

As I type this I am wondering how much more Haiti can take. From being the richest colony in the world Haiti has degenerated to being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We look down our noses at Haiti preferring to see them as nothing more than those evil voodoo worshippers. We choose not to remember or don't know that once upon a time Haitians dared to dream of self rule and in the process carried out a successful slave revolt. Many of us don't even know that when Haiti gained her independence the only other Western country to be independent was the USA. Do we even know that Haiti became the first black republic following the slave revolt?. That was years ago and many of us remain ignorant to the pressures exerted on the young nation by its former rulers- pressures that contributed to the Haiti we know today.

The Haiti of despair as portrayed by the boat people who risk their lives in search of a better day.. The Haiti that takes an almost yearly pounding from hurricanes. The Haiti of political unrest and coups and counter coups. The Haiti where soil erosion has left the hills bare. And now an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude has come to further crush the depressed people. I really don't know what else to say since sorry seems so inadequate but I really am sorry. I know there is much to be said about the strength of the human spirit so I'm really hoping that the people can find some inner strength to deal with this disaster. Meantime, let's all do our bit to help our Caribbean brothers and sisters.

Don't give up Haiti.

very very sad. was just looking at a post i did after some big haiti earthquake a few years ago. man that country just cant catch a break
Like you, Abeni, that was my response, "How much more can Haiti really take?" But although they have proven themselves people of resilience, they need major help now and I hope all of us who care will help by doing something...
Yes indeed we have to wonder. VC I already contacted NEMO to find out what is needed etc and will do my bit accordingly
I know they won't give up. It is a travesty what have become of Haiti today. Today Haiti stands as one of the poorest countries in the world. Jamaica at one time had to depend on Haiti. I think politics has been the world's enemy. These people run on a promise and wreck this world to put forward their own misguided agenda.

I hope they will come back.....it will take many years.
I'm with you. I know it isn't enough, but I'm sorry Haiti.
Wonderful post -- why don't you have a "print this" button?
@Anon Gotta ask blogger that :) Thanks for the thumbs up.
Great post, have missed your hopeful words, my learning from this tragedy is how defiant the human spirit is.
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