The enormity of the disaster that has hit Haiti is becoming more apparent by the hour. It is thought that tens of thousands, if not 100,000, are dead and many more are injured, trapped, or homeless. It is estimated that 60% of buildings in the capital, Port-au-Prince, have been destroyed. All infrastructure is heavily damaged. The government, already weak, has itself been devastated by the earthquake and is in no position to carry out the rescue and relief effort.
The peacekeepers and other UN organisations along with Doctors Without Borders are leading the life-saving efforts on the ground but have also been badly affected. Many of their staff are dead, injured, or trapped and their buildings are heavily damaged. Relief needs to come from abroad and it is heartening to see the US has immediately taken leadership in this but a lot more is going to be needed.
The relief organisations are going to need a lot of money to help the Haitians through this. Our government has donated $1 million and said ‘there’s nothing we can do’. I think we can do better than $1 million. If you haven’t already, you should donate some money to help the relief effort.
Here are some video and images from the tragedy:
Obviously, don’t try to donate to the sources suggested in the video. I gave to Oxfam, you can too here.