Friday, March 12, 2010

Has Haiti faded from the world's collective consciousness?

As the world attention seems to remain focused on the massive earthquake that rattled Chile nearly two weeks ago, an editorial in today’s New York Times provided a stark reminder the Haitian people continue to endure unimaginable suffering.

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas on Jan. 12. More than 200,000 people died in the catastrophe, and the earthquake left more than an estimated 1 million Haitians homeless.

I opined on Feb. 1 that Haiti should not fade from the headlines.’s homepage had a link this morning to a story about a disfigured girl who cannot leave the country. The British Broadcasting Corporation has a story titled “Haiti aid still arriving two months on” on its America’s page. And a Los Angeles Times headline reads “Haiti quake response largely a success.”

One can certainly argue the Chilean earthquake has caused the collective world to forget the fact another country, which had far less resources with which to begin, remains on its knees two months after a natural disaster exacerbated a long-standing humanitarian catastrophe. Haiti will hopefully emerge from this devastation, but the world must not forget the millions of people in the poverty-scarred country who continue to endure unimaginable suffering.

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