A plight that’s unfortunately only talked about on painful anniversaries
TV news may have a short attention span, but we shouldn’t. Three years ago Haiti lost 200,000 lives needlessly, exposing the danger poverty, cronyism, corruption & graft pose on people to the public mindshare who had pretty much always turned a blind eye to the poorest nation in our hemisphere.
In the aftermath where people believed a bright future was possible those same problems were allowed to fester & grow, the involvement of the people of Haiti continued to be ignored & the UN who went there to “help” callously caused an epidemic of cholera with lazy disposal of waste in the river that gives life to the fragile country’s agriculture, a disease so easily treated in the first world has taken thousands of additional lives in agony & become so endemic there now given the floodplain that most of the country calls home & the lengthy rainy seasons.
It goes to show unfortunately that lack of respect for the sanctity of all lives & cultures by governments, builders, aid organizations, & the public at large can make life so much tougher for some while the rest of us just look away.
Everyone has it in them to help others, & that starts by learning about where others are coming from, what the underlying causes of issues are, & offering your expertise with the collaboration and consideration of the other. You don’t have to be rich, or have a lengthy educational background or have all the time in the world, it can be as simple as lending an ear to someone in trouble or upset, or spending time with people in a new environment or volunteer situation. But give of yourself, your time & respect are the most valuable assets you have, & we’re all going through this together, it’d be a shame if we didn’t use the time we had to make it easier for someone else.