Skip to comments.Sewage runs, garbage piles up at Haiti quake camps
Posted on 01/21/2010 11:07:57 AM PST by SkyPilot
* Sanitary conditions deteriorate as survivors camp out
* Thousands eat, sleep, wash and defecate in open camps
* Health risks mount, emergency latrines needed
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A child squats to defecate yards away from a sidewalk where women press plantain into bite-sized pieces for frying and a naked toddler plays with a pile of rice on the filthy ground.
Nearby, a dead body has been dumped on the street, right in front of a sea of morose people sitting on grubby mattresses, and a garbage collector uses a shovel to scoop up soggy black mounds of putrid trash composed of plastic water bags, polystyrene plates, orange peel and tin cans. Stray dogs forage.
Sanitary conditions in tent cities like this one in Port-au-Prince's once elegant Champs de Mars park around Haiti's crumbled presidential palace are worsening by the day as hundreds of thousands of survivors of last week's earthquake cram together to eat, sleep, wash and defecate.
"It's miserable here. It's dirty and it's boring. There's nothing to do but walk about," said Judeline Pierre-Rose, 12, who misses her comfortable home with its couch and TV.
"People go to the toilet everywhere here and I'm scared of getting sick. My twin sisters vomited last night," she said.
As families settle in after nine days camped out -- preparing food on the dirty ground, cooking on charcoal fires and walking about in flip-flops through toxic dark gray puddles, nobody is doing anything about hygiene.
"It's up to the government to resolve this kind of problem, they must take responsibility and tell us what to do," said Wesnel. Then he added: "Maybe they are in the middle of working out a plan."
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they could just let them have it all .. it is up to them to fix their problems.
What? Ubama hasn’t waved his hand and made all better?
sounds so lovely
(Hmmm... WWARD... Nah, it just doesn't work for me.)
This is the population you get when the government is expected to do everything
Don’t worry. I’ll get it.
I realize that I am sitting in a comfortable home with lights, power, food etc.,
However, many of the pictures from Haiti show hundreds of young healthy men sitting around waiting to be waited on. If they are being fed and sheltered, it is time for them to be organized and ordered to start cleaning up their environment, (however temporary) help in food & water distribution.
The young foreign men and women sent to help Haitians are in just as dire circumstances - heat and long hours of physical labor - theirs should be an example of self-help and intiative.
The inertia of such an ‘somebody will do for me’ attitude that already holds them there is unbeatable — they now in hell, and will die there. The daughters who got sick mean it is too late, disease accelerates quickly in the weakened. They do not have the will to fight it.
I recognize the tragedy that Haiti is and my wife and I give thru Catholic Charities to assist them in the near term crisis, but for God’s sake, does anyone down there have half a brain? Someone within their communities have to step up and take charge. See what you get when you have a welfare state? People become so dependent that they don’t do what is right even when it comes to personal hygiene. This place is a sink hole.
yep .. just tell congress to stop funding it next week... the military will do what is good for them as always... they should leave soon
it is time to cut and let them handle it ... they have a government they elected..
True, but the attitude that tossed out the middle class, the mulattos, the whites in the last generation, means that Blacks are entitled not to work hard, that whites and browns provide all they need.
One mulatto Haitian friend doesn’t care what happens there now, they already tossed out her family — the ones who lived — after taking everything from them.
Might want to pass out condoms to the women and children since John Edwards is on the way.
"It's up to the government to resolve this kind of problem, they must take responsibility and tell us what to do."
These poor souls have been conditioned for decades to expect government help.
I think we could have helped them, if our military had run teh show and been hard asses, moving everyone out of the city, into camps of no more than 6000, with some modest sanitary facilities. Too late now, I think, the huge wheel that crushes all is rolling. Disease, pestilence, despair.
as you say..... the devil is claiming his followers
“”It’s miserable here. It’s dirty and it’s boring. There’s nothing to do but walk about,” said Judeline Pierre-Rose, 12, who misses her comfortable home with its couch and TV.”
DO something, you moron! Bury a body, clean up the garbage!
Oh, yea, we need more of this!
If Haiti is like any other island, away from the port cities, there is open land, clean, with food growing wild. Get these people out of the destroyed city instead of importing millions more with the ‘I’m bored attitude’!
That ‘Satan’ stuff is bulls-t. Humans don’t need Satan, we are humans. We bring this kind of crap on ourselves.
There’s only one G-d. This ‘Satan’ crap is a two-god philosophy, it’s crap.
satan is alive and well..... sound like you dont believe in it..... i pray for your soul
I would send these people to the front lawn of Baby Doc's French Villa.
Chris Mathews the day after the quake said he “has never in his life seen a President respond so quickly and effectively to a disaster.” My God, what a idiot.
When I first started reading the title I thought they were talking about Congress.
There’s only one G-d. He’s the only thing besides my own great propensity to make mistakes that I fear.
In a way, that will happen, I’m sure — voodoo is a trap for the mind, and Baby Doc is likely to have inherited a susceptibility to it. A whole lot of ‘voodoo spirits’ coming at him! You betcha.
He is not a God, so your objections are unfounded.
Me, and you, we are real. Satan’s an excuse.
From the videos my son brought back from Haiti in 2008, it sounds like business as usual.
(I know that the things are bad there after the earthquake, but Haiti was hell-on-earth before last Tuesday)
WANT to bring? Too late...
This is a photo of Haitians being airlifted to the US in cargo planes. They're headed for Orlando
To paraphrase your namesake, their souls have been amputated. When people are groomed their entire lives to follow, there is no initiative or leadership to be found amongst them. It truly is heartbreaking, and whether or not one believes in voodoo, the Haitian government has truly turned these people into zombies waiting for the next scrap to fall from the table.
BTW, Matthew Bracken (AKA Travis McGee) in his thriller "Foreign Enemies and Traitors" describes the aftermath of major earthquakes in this country. It is an exciting read.
Was this written before or after the earthquake?
Haiti was officially dedicated to Satan in 1791. It was rededicated to Satan during the two hundred year anniversary in 1991 by Aristide.
At that time, it was noted that Aristide had, behind his desk in his presidential office, a huge oil painting of a necklace murder. Aristide was quoted as having described the smell of burning petrol and human flesh in a necklace murder as “a most beautiful aroma”.
Not surprisingly, this country beset by occultism is the poorest state in the Western hemisphere. The vast majority of the population of Haiti are actively involved in Voodoo. Haiti has the worst soil-erosion, pollution, and de-forestation problems in the Americas.
Although they share the same island, the contrast between the predominantly Christian Dominican Republic with its lush rainforests and fertile farms, and the deforested, eroded mess that is Haiti could not be more acute.
Why then is the ANC government wanting to align itself with an occultic tyrant and a regime dedicated to Satan?
i believe that the government uses the idea of Satan to govern the black population. it is their native position and counters the white GOD’s. So it is their bais belief. Now what they believe Satan is is another whole subject.
Didn’t God know what he was going to do and what was going to happen, when He created satan?
You're on the opposite side of 6,000 years of religious theology.
Not sure if you're Christian or not, but the word for such a position is "heresy."
I'm not trying to put you down or judge you, just offering an objective observation in response to your rather brusque proclaimation.
I accept all that as possible, even a fully truthful testimony. People fool themselves and others — worship of idols like a ‘satan’ — is certainly one such established method. Use of violence, dedication to degrading and profane rituals, all part of it.
the event will take its toll at any rate.
“Does this mean every time there is war or natural disaster, Washington will use it as an excuse to bring in people from that country in its efforts to change us into a 3rd World Country?”
That has been going on all along. The Salvadorans (100,000) from their hurricane in ‘98 are all STILL here. There are others as well...like all the muslim Somalians that Bush brought in. There are recent posts outlining this...and they are never temporary. I can see this administration pulling an amnesty (they won’t call it that) because of all the turmoil in Mexico. It’s game over then.
On that, friend, you are wrong. Unless you refer to the Zoroastrians and their mash-up of a theology, but I do not think they are 6,000 years old — maybe 4000. The ‘Satan’ as an independent godlike being which you seem to be demanding be recognized is a more recent invention.
That Satan is a the world’s greatest and longest excuse for misbehavior. But that’s all it is — an excuse.
The answer is yes.
The Haitians fear that because of the way the bodies are being buried, they will become zombies.
So what happens when there are no zombies. Maybe they will wake up and realize that maybe all this voodoo stuff is BS.
We must do everything possibly to fight amnesty and push for deportation. We won before with emails and phone calls. BTW, all four major networks tomorrow starting at 8 will broadcast Haiti aid.
It’s a good thing to offer refuge in such cases, but like anything else it can be overdone, and used to create more havoc and harm than it solves. I do not think it has been overdone in any case, but I do think people supporting such refugee immigrations haven’t owned up to the burden we all bear from it. For example in 1980 Governor Bill Clinton ordered the Arkansas National Guard out to bottle up tens of thousands of Cuban refugees in the Federal Fort Chaffee, because they had caused many problems in the community.
Could be. That would be a good.
To be clear, Satan certainly is a being, but certainly nothing like God.
I'm not demanding anything, as these are not MY ideas. The existence of Satan is clear and explicitly documented in Holy Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. He, in the New Testament, tempted Christ Himself on more than one occasion. That Satan exists is a foregone conclusion (not a debatable point of contention) of Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism and even Islam.
The only way I'm "wrong" is if you're not a Christian, a religious Jew or even a Moslem.
Yes, and most of the normal charity organization do gooders of our era, NGOs and UN-volk will, I strongly suspect, make it a considerably worse situation than would have accrued had we turned it over to US Military from the gitgo.
The aid on ‘day one’ is whatever can be done, but soon thereafter has to switch to aid and rescue provided with civil order, and soon then has to become a combination of open-handed aid and tight-handed aid. You have to get the people to work, and if able, work hard. That’s how you keep moral up, in such horrendous conditions.
Water and emergency medical stuff is open-handed. After that — you pay or you work for it, as you are able.
You are wrong. There is no Satan as an independent being. The only independent beings are us humans.