Obama: America Must be There for Haitians
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|Haiti earthquake 2010 relief after 7.0 magnitude earthquake: How … –3 hours ago
Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010, at 4:53 pm EST … and suffering,” President Obama said at a press conference Wednesday. .
ALERT]Massive Earthquake Strikes Haiti
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SILVER SPRING, Md. —A devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit southern Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, destroying buildings and triggering tsunami alerts for Haiti and the surrounding islands in the Caribbean.
Within the first hour, the earthquake, which struck 10 miles (15 kilometers) outside the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, was followed by two powerful aftershocks registering at a magnitude of 5.9 and 5.5 respectively. According to government officials, this is the strongest earthquake that has ever struck the region.
“I think it is really a catastrophe of major proportions,” reported Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States telling Atlanta-based news agency CNN.
At present, no reports of deaths or injuries have been announced, however some early reports indicate extensive damage to infrastructure in some areas. The Associated Press reported that a hospital collapsed during the quake.
ADRA is currently monitoring and evaluating the situation. Updates will be released as response efforts expand.
ADRA is a non-governmental organization present in 125 countries providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.
For more information about ADRA, visit www.adra.org.
Author: John Torres
Haiti: Church leaders ready to assess damage after 7.3 earthquake hits Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Inter-America are concerned for the thousands of church members who might have been affected by an earthquake which hit Haiti this afternoon. The quake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, was reportedly centered 10 miles west of Port au Prince in the ocean, and was felt as far away as Santiago, Cuba and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Pat Robertson: Haiti Is Cursed, ‘Swore A Pact To The Devil’ (VIDEO)
Wednesday January 13, 2010 2:38 p.m.
PAT ROBERTSON: And, you know, Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, “We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.” True story. And so, the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.”
And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti; on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, et cetera. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come. But right now, we’re helping the suffering people, and the suffering is unimaginable.
KRISTI WATTS (co-host): Absolutely, Pat.
“Silly African slaves, fighting against white people angers God.Pat Robertson thinks that Haiti is poverty stricken (and earthquake-stricken) because the country made a deal with Satan to help them overthrow the French.
Back in May, the Times Online provided some slightly better insight into Haiti’s past. Beyond a vague assumption that Imperialism had probably screwed Haiti somehow, I didn’t know much about the country’s history. Reading this story has been nothing short of nauseating.
Summary: Haiti was forced to pay France for its freedom. When they couldn’t afford the ransom, France (and other countries, including the United States) helpfully offered high-interest loans. By 1900, 80% of Haiti’s annual budget went to paying off its “reparation” debt. They didn’t make the last payment until 1947. Just 10 years later, dictator François Duvalier took over the country and promptly bankrupted it, taking out more high-interest loans to pay for his corrupt lifestyle. The Duvalier family, with the blind-eye financial assistance of Western countries, killed 10s of thousands of Haitians, until the Haitian people overthrew them in 1986. Today, Haiti is still paying off the debt of an oppressive dictator no one would help them get rid of for 30 years.
The rest of the world refuses to forgive this debt.
So, in a way, maybe Robertson is right. Haiti is caught in a deal with the devil, and the devil is us.
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