January 21, 2010
As I watch the horror unfold in Haiti, I find solace in the immeasurable generosity of so many countries and individuals. The United States was foremost in its efforts to aid this stricken country. On the heels of the U.S., Israel, a country the size of New Jersey, immediately sent enough people and supplies to set up a 100-bed field hospital. Many other countries and individuals have followed suit. Although constantly belittled by the religious right and ultra conservatives as not being real Americans, many celebrities are setting up telethons and raising millions of dollars.
January 15, 2010
The horrific images of collapsed buildings and rows of decomposing bodies lying in the streets of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, have left no doubt as to the magnitude of the human catastrophe that occurred there. One of the worst natural disasters this hemisphere has seen in recent memory, the most powerful earthquake to strike Haiti in 200 years, has hit squarely in the nation least able to cope with it. Haiti has long been the poorest nation in the Americas, and years of dictatorship and corruption have made it especially vulnerable to such a calamity and unable to recover on its own. Within hours of Tuesday's quake, President Barack Obama pledged to assist in the massive international relief effort now under way. Owing to Haiti's proximity and the country's long historical ties to America, it's clear the U.S. must take the lead in search-and-rescue operations and in the reconstruction of Haiti's devastated infrastructure.
February 4, 2010
A Baltimore County church's effort to assist one of its own ended up benefiting the victims of the Haiti earthquake, thanks to the generosity of a congregation and a contractor. The story began early last month, when a member of the White Marsh Baptist Church visited a fellow member to drop off some reading materials. The elderly woman answered the door in a heavy coat and hat. She explained that she needed to dress in layers, since her furnace had stopped working three years earlier.
January 25, 2010
O n Jan. 12, 206 years after rattling the world by becoming the first (and only) black republic to win its independence by overthrowing a slave system, Haiti made history again. This time, the forces of nature dealt Haiti a cataclysmic blow, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, affecting at least 3 million people - a third of its population. As I turned on CNN and saw the devastation and the loss of human lives, the shock in the eyes of men, women and children, I thought about Haiti's history: the fall of slavery on its shores, the rise of a free nation and the innumerable barriers and challenges that seemed to accompany its unique, glorious legacy.
January 20, 2010
The world has responded with tremendous generosity to the destruction in Haiti after last week's earthquake, but the breakdown of security and order there threatens to multiply the already terrible death toll if the food, water and medicine pouring into the country can't be distributed properly. Relief officials now estimate that the death toll could rise as high as 200,000, with hundreds of thousands more left seriously injured or homeless. With people desperate for food, water and shelter, looting has broken out in the country's shattered capital, Port-au-Prince, and thousands of residents are trying to flee the destruction for outlying areas, some of which are in even worse shape.
September 29, 1994
A special session of Haiti's parliament called to pass an amnesty law ended after less than two hours without any vote being taken.A gunman fired on a crowd of some 200 Aristide loyalists as they marched toward an office of a paramilitary group in Port-au-Prince. One man was hit in the chest and critically wounded.A U.S. House committee approved legislation setting a March 1 cutoff date for U.S. military intervention in Haiti.