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#1 11 years ago

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8456819.stm

This occurred yesterday (1/12) and the news outlets have been covering it. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, and is believed to have killed thousands. The exact toll is not known as numbers as high as 100,000 have been given by the government.

Many organizations who were stationed on the island providing aid for the poverty-stricken country were also severely impacted.

The government reports that the UN Mission in Haiti has killed 14 employees and the UN mission chief is believed to be among those. The catholic archbishop for Haiti was also killed.

The death toll is compounded by Haiti's poor infrastructure. Many people live in shanty towns and old structures which can easily collapse under an earthquake. It also makes it even more difficult to deliver aid, on account of what little infrastructure there is to transport goods has been wrecked. It is believed that the main prison in Port-Au-Prince was destroyed and its inmates are now on the streets.

This earthquake already comes on the massive political and economic instability in Haiti. Haiti's government is among the most corrupt and ineffective in the world. There are issues with mass exploitation by corporations. Economic conditions have already driven many people to the US in previous decades.

As mentioned previously many aid organizations were already there addressing a recent wave of famine across the small nation, but are now asking for both more volunteers/ employees, material, and money to deal with this issue. The US already had a mission en route to the nation to help with the instability, but its mission is now retooled to a relief one. A detachment of marines will also be sent. The UK and Venezuela are also going to send their share of aid, as well as a number of smaller contributions by other nations.




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#2 11 years ago

Its always Haiti...Sucks to be them eh? They've had so many problems in the past.




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#3 11 years ago

Yes....I know. The TODAY show talked about it literally nonstop. Seriously. They spent two entire hours (or however long the show runs) talking about it.




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#4 11 years ago

Jesus christ, it seems like the universe is out to get them. What with the riots and the political corruption and now the earthquake.

I love how the Fox News people sit in their nice clean air conditioned office and act like they're all sorry for the shanty people in the earthquake, like they give a shit.




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#5 11 years ago

Have a friend in Port-au-Prince, so any prayers or wellwishes would be appreciated. We have not yet heard from her.

Update: I lie, her mom just got a call from her. :D




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#6 11 years ago

The brown people deserved it for falling sway under a heathen religion. Besides, a lot more where that came from...

Population of homosapiens: 7 BILLION. An insignificant dent in the total populous.




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#7 11 years ago
Jeffro;5210254The brown people deserved it for falling sway under a heathen religion.

Catholicism...?




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#8 11 years ago

Jeffro;5210254The brown people deserved it for falling sway under a heathen religion. Besides, a lot more where that came from...

Population of homosapiens: 7 BILLION. An insignificant dent in the total populous.

k hold on while i get my sniper rifle *aim at Jeffro* Don't worry, this won't be a very significant dent in the total populous.




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#9 11 years ago

Sarcasm meters are broken in here.




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#10 11 years ago