Let’s Bulldoze Port-au-Prince, If We Really Care!
Posted by feww on January 18, 2010
Haiti Quake – Update 18 January
UN boss urges starving Haitians to be patient
The worst thing that can now happen to Haiti in the short term is for another major disaster to strike elsewhere in the world.
United Nations Boss pleads with a couple of million starved survivors to be patient merely five days after the quake struck (!)
Banki Moon visited UN mission, where at least 37 UN staff were killed after the quake struck, and some 300 workers are still missing.
“I appeal to the Haitian people to be more patient,” Mr Moon said, wondering if he might be attacked by mobs of starved, homeless survivors outside the mission.
Relief has reportedly only started to trickle through five days after the quake struck.
But no sooner a food distribution point is set up, the aid workers are mobbed with swarms of starving survivors.
A Partial Picture of the Haiti Quake Aftermath:
- Most of up to 2 million hungry survivors are roaming streets of partially destroyed Port-au-Prince looking for food or anything they could swap for food.
- The Haitian government is Not functioning.
- There are no restaurants, shops, markets or the likes where people could buy food, assuming the survivors had any money with them.
- The level of violence amog the frustrated survivors is increasing.
- UN has launched a near $600m appeal intended to help about three million people for up to six months, though it doesn’t seem to have any plans on how to use the money.
- Very many people could die of starvation and gang violence, and a few would benefit handsomely from the aid money.
- “The Haitian airport now is overwhelmed,” said a senior UN Peacekeeping Operations officer.
- Fuel is desperately needed to carry aid from the airport, help the wounded and restore [even partial] order in the capital city, but it’s in short supply.
- Three Haitian ministers and a half dozen senators are reported to have been killed.
- “There are no doctors, no surgeons. I was supposed to get delivery this morning of medical supplies from abroad, but they never arrived. On my own, I cannot even cope with the toilet arrangements for all these people.” The sole trainee-nurse at the Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital told Reuters.
- The nurse said she had run out of supplies, antibiotics and pain killers.
“The aftermath of Haiti quake catastrophe
“IF you regard the Haiti quake as a “natural” disaster, and the blog has previously made its position clear about the impact of human activity on natural disasters, then you must consider the aftermath of the quake as a human-made disaster.
“It’s hard to imagine how Port-au-Prince, and therefore Haiti, could survive the aftermath of the quake catastrophe.
“IF the United Nations, the United States and EU care about Haiti, and it’s difficult NOT to be highly skeptical, they they should bulldoze the old Port-au-Prince into the ground and help those of the Haitians who care about the future to build sustainable communities.
” And remember, we believe the first wave of the world’s collapsing cities may have already started.”
- Haiti Quake Disaster [Update 17 Jan]
- Haiti Quake Aftermath [Update 16 Jan]
- Haiti EQ Disaster – Update 15 Jan
- Haiti Earthquake Disaster – Update 14 Jan
- Haiti quake catastrophe – Update Jan 13