Monday, February 13, 2012

Haiti After the Earthquake: Seen From the Ground Up

"Many people here think the quake is divine intervention for lives lived wrong."

Read this article by Dr. Sriram Shamasunder from the Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. This article has been featured on DailyGood's: "A Doctor-Poet's Birthday in Burundi," and is an on-the ground look at Haiti less than two weeks after the earthquake. It is a combination of touching, moving and disturbing.

Here is a passage from his article: "After seeing a third child this week die of pneumonia, or dehydration or cerebral malaria, we clearly understand that this country existed in a state of emergency long before the earthquake: an emergency without enough witnesses. The earthquake exacerbated an existing bleed. The country is now hemorrhaging."

Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake is written by the voices of Haiti themselves, describing the reconstruction period of Haiti, and the troubles that persist today. It is a sad reality that the Haitian people have faced for the past two years with no end in sight, only hope.

How can we get more countries to step into the relief efforts? Who will be the hero to swoop down and save Haiti? And, even more importantly than who, when?

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