Report: 1 Million Haitians in 1,300 Squalid Camps
- We all knew what would happen. Billions of dollars were donated by caring individuals, but there was not a competent system to handle the money, distribute proper care, supplies, and services and provide protection for a vulnerable peoples.
- That is exactly $1.15 billion dollars that could have purchased machinery, building materials, support staff to help rebuild schools, roads, wells, transportation, electricity, homes and much more.
- We watched as the medical system faltered and the Haitian people's could not return to their crumbled homes and shattered lives. With no infrastructure, no government assistance, no utilities like clean water, no means to rebuild and clean out the dust and rubble; nothing has changed since the earthquake torn country.
- The most recent report confirms our suspicions and predictions. There have been some heroic persons who have run to help the people and report on conditions. But, how much can be done without government support? How much can be done without resources.
- Remember the slogan, "Give me the money?" Well, I ask now, "Where is the money?" Just where the heck is all that money that was donated?
The situation on the ground now is that a majority of persons in the camps and the camps themselves are in the same condition as when they were set up. We have all seen the photographs on television and in the news.
The greatest risk now, besides contagious disease, infections, and disease is criminal actions against the vulnerable. Reports of increased sexual assaults, gang violence and other hardships occur during times of war, hunger, poverty and stress.
When relief agencies are unable to enter these areas with supplies and a means to demolish old structures and build new neighborhoods, there is little hope of improvement.