A year ago the earth shook and the world changed.
Billions were given.
Tens of thousands have gone to help.
Yet not much has changed.
- The poor suffered.
- The rich got richer.
- More people died needlessly.
- The UN has effectively lied, spending money studying and asking questions while accomplishing little.
- And America sleeps in their comfy beds tonight feeling like they did something because they texted a donation to the Red Cross.
We’re left now with more questions than answers.
- If the international aid organizations aren’t going to do something, who is?
- People are stealing aid given while government pockets are filled with bribes, who will prosecute perpetrators when the government is the worst offender?
- How can we help this country get back on its feet while at the same time lessening dependencies on the outside world?
- When will the colonial view on international missions be put away and replaced with working alongside of Haitians to build housing for people in tent cities, advocates standing for justice, and training of teachers, city planners, and tradespeople begin?
- Where is the army of Sean Penn-like camp managers?
- Who will hold accountable those who make empty promises?
The answer to all of these questions is you. The cameras will shine on Haiti today. And you will feel sorry for what is going on.
Our Haitian brothers and sisters don’t ask for your pity today.
But they are asking for you to help them in ways that answer the questions I’ve posed above.
Know that the media elite will leave tomorrow; having satisfied their ratings and your curiosity, they will board private jets tomorrow and go back to New York, while children still sleep on muddy cardboard beds.
1.5 million people are asking the question, “Who is helping us?”
The answer is you.
Turn off the TV and do something.