Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One-Year Anniversary

Today is the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. My family and I survived this horrific event, physically unharmed (aside from a few bumps and bruises), but we lost most of our belongings in the aftermath…

It has been an emotional day for me that has been filled with feeling sad but at the same time feeling in awe as to what the human spirit can withstand.

I moved back to the U.S. in August, my kids and husband joined me in November. His mother and brother and many other relatives remain in Haiti.

Haiti is like a prison for most Haitians because no country seems to welcome Haitians. Only 5% of the rubble has been cleared! Most of the aid money promised has never arrived! I feel frustrated and somewhat angry because the big governments could help Haiti if they really wanted to… Haiti really does not seem to have much importance to the rest of the world leaders and governments. In my opinion, the only way that Haiti could be build up would be to take most of the people off the island. Rebuild it nice, then invite people back. Most Haitians have relatives in the U.S., Canada and Europe (mostly in France). That could get about 70% of the population out of Haiti to do the work.

I know this might sound utopian, but I do not see how the country can be rebuild (when it was in terrible shape before the earthquake even struck) with all the people crammed into the Port-au-Prince geographic area!

Thanks for allowing me to get this off my chest.