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Haiti Desparately Needs Our Help

Matthew Frank Kot for local2 sault ste. marie
August 25th, 2012 at 9:25am

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By: Matthew Frank Kot

Damage In HaitiImagine yourself in this situation: You are living in a tent, you have been for two years now. Your belongings are gone, members of your family dead. Very few, if any possessions from your old life are in the tent. There is a constant threat of a deadly disease, Cholera, which is an infection of the intestines. This is the life that so many Haitian people live through. That life is about to get a whole lot worse. Three words: Tropical Storm Issac.

The gigantic tropical storm is bearing down on Haiti as I write. This situation is serious. People will die. Probably a few hundred, if not a few thousand. Floods will fill the tent cities, creating a huge outbreak of Cholera, mudslides will destroy homes that the earthquake miraculously spared. Haiti is fragile. When this storm leaves Haiti, the tiny Hispaniola nation will be in far worse shape then when Issac arrived.

Will the media care to cover this disaster? Maybe for a day, and then it's off to Tampa for that convention! After the earthquake, Canada stood in solidarity with the Haitian people. We gave hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars to the country, more money than the United States, which has more resources, more people, more money.

Canadians, under the leadership of Governor General Michaelle Jean, donated over $400 million to post Earthquake Haiti, with the cheap American government donating little more than an unimpressive $300 million. Canada arguably gave Haiti the largest aid contribution after that earthquake.

We need to continue helping our injured friends. They are going to need it. Canada was there once, and Canada will be there again, and Haiti will be forever grateful for our contributions toward rebuilding their society. We are Canadians. We take pride in helping other people, we take pride in peacekeeping, we take pride on the world stage for contributing, time, men, and money to help those who simply cannot help themselves.

Indeed, one day, Haiti will rise into a beautiful and more stable nation, and the Haitian people will prosper, and when that day comes, Canada will not be forgotten. But for that day to become a reality, we need to give more. I know what you're thinking, "More? We've already given enough!" Yes, we have, but the rest of the world hasn't. The rest of the world is letting Haiti suffer. Canada needs to step up to the plate, and Canada needs to give Haiti the boost that the world hasn't given.

We can all doing that by visiting the Red Cross website.


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