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I have been in communications with many friends and colleagues who naturally wanted to spring into action at the news that Haiti had indeed weathered great damage following the battering by tropical storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike. As in 2004, Gonaives became a muddy lake that trapped more than 250,000 people in a deathly grip.
Fond des Blancs activists Canes and Marie-Therese Maignan who have been involved with the county’s children’s rights committee have been deeply affected by the storms that battered Haiti in the country’s south. It’s hard to imagine that a worse fate could have fallen onto their shoulders as they were barely unable to make ends meet while struggling for social change in their community.
Human poverty is hugely susceptible to nature’s depredations, and Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries, has again and again been the victim of demonically destructive wind, rain and flood.
In flooded Haitian city, `Every home is a shelter’ Posted on Thu, Sep. 11, 2008 Associated Press ARIANA CUBILLOS/AP PHOTO A woman reacts as flood victims line up to received food from UN peacekeepers in Gonaives, Haiti, Thursday » More Photos GONAIVES, Haiti – In a cathedral surrounded by mud and flood waters, the 34-year-old… Read More ›
“If we don’t find a way to deliver massive humanitarian aid, we will see fights and riots that will kill more people than the cyclone did,” warned UN spokeswoman Vicky Delore-Ndjeuga.
The sun came out in Haiti on Monday as waters from Hurricane Ike receded and a U.S. Navy hospital ship equipped with helicopters and amphibious boats was arriving in the capital to deliver food and water to cities still marooned by flooding.
But Haiti — and the world — still lacks a complete picture of the destruction, and desperation was setting in among people who have spent days in the floodwaters and mud.
In this tiny Haitian town flooded by Hurricane Ike, the grim reality set in Sunday morning as the bodies of a dozen children lay dead on a concrete slab.
Fred Cuny was a disaster relief professional who specialized in out-of-the-box thinking. Cuny disappeared several years ago while on mission in Kosovo. The following principles are taken from a book which he authored called “Famine, Conflict and Response, A Basic Guide.”