Skip to comments.Food handout turns chaotic in Haitian capital
Posted on 01/26/2010 10:51:53 AM PST by Kartographer
The Brazilian U.N. peacekeepers used pepper spray to control a frenzied crowd of thousands of Haitians seeking food at a makeshift camp on the grounds of the palace.
"They're not violent, just desperate. They just want to eat," Brazilian Army Colonel Fernando Soares said. "The problem is, there is not enough food for everyone."
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I guess Quark was never in the US military or even a Boy Scout...
Pardon my ignorance, but how can there be NO FOOD in a tropical environment which is able to produce food year round. are there no farms?
I am stunned. I understand no food in a metropolis, but are there no outlying food production areas which can bring food in or where people can go to pillage?
How is there no food? Was it all hauled onto the island with no agricultural production???????
Coming to a country formerly known as the United States.
Quark was gay, so he definitely was not a boy scout.
Quark was a REALIST and we see evidence of his wisdom, all over the world, on a daily basis.
I saw an episode of Andrew Zimmer’s show on the Travel Channel where he was in Haiti and the people were making bread and stretching the batter out with mud. They baked them on hot rocks and they were eaten by the local populace. Mud bread. There was more dirt than flour in that bread...and that was before the earthquake. I can’t imagine what it must be like there now.
He who does not know history....
Pretty much, yes.
Haiti is the poster child for the toxic effects of food aid. No farmer in the world can compete with free food.
(Of course Haiti is the poster child for the toxic effects of other things (e.g. socialism and voodoo) as well.
No, there is no food. They are paid to not produce food and import (read receive it for free) it. LITERALLY. And the way they got it before was with ROADS and stores and such.
I thought Quark was the Quantum Duck.
To return to the article about food shortages in Haiti; “The problem is, there is not enough food for everyone.”.
Might this unenlightened one inquire as to which way this particular post-quake day is in any way different from all other days in Haiti’s history?
Although, I made a post this morning that while Port Au Prince is desolate, I would have tried (had I the strength) to wander out in the wilderness of the mountains and tried to find some snakes or wildlife of some sort!
My family ate turtle, eels, possum even during the Depression. I have read stories about people in Haiti buying “dirt cookies” (literally DIRT cookies) for a nickle a piece and I’m thinking, “I would so put on a loin cloth and find some food in those mountains!”
They’ve deforested all the land. Google Earth satellite view them and neighboring Dominican Republic.
One knows how to farm, the others don’t.
I don’t know if that is what I saw too. I think it might have been a different show. Nevertheless, they were selling “Dirt cookies”. I think the “recipe” was rancid butter, water and DIRT! this was how the unemployed and street children were making money to survive. It ripped my heart out. I even called my kids in to watch it to give them that, “don’t EVER complain about there not being “anything to eat””, speech.
What I find curious is that lately I've been hearing about how Haiti needs to make some fundamental change. What they had done is move people off the farms, cram them into Port-au-Prince and created an urban welfare society. They now seem to be urging people to go into the countryside and take up careers as farmers.
Now, I think that's probably good advice. But it sure flies in the face of what the world has been doing for 200 years.
But this seems to be the direction that the Progressives want to take us.
Too many people. Birth rate of 3.8. 50% of Haitians in America are on wealfare and I would guess closer to 80%.
And by a "tad" I mean a whole lot! How many Boy Scouts are on the verge of starvation/dehydration or live in the conditions Haitians are dealing with? My guess is not many.
New today from the Center for Immigration studies:
Fact Sheet on Haitian Immigrants in the United States
WASHINGTON (January 25) - Since the terrible tragedy in Haiti, many have sought information about the Haitian community in the United States. Below are some basic socio-demographic statistics:
* The last Census Bureau data (2008) indicates there are 546,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States. That is up from 408,000 in 2000 and 218,000 in 1990.1
* Of the 546,000 foreign-born Haitians in the United States, 48 percent are naturalized U.S. citizens; this compares to 43 percent for the overall foreign-born population.2
* The top states of Haitian immigrant settlement are Florida (251,963; 46%), New York (135,836; 25%) New Jersey (43,316; 8%), Massachusetts (36,779; 7%), Georgia (13,287; 2%), and Maryland (11,266; 2%).3
* Our best estimate is that there are 75,000 to 125,000 illegal Haitian immigrants in the country. In 2000, the INS estimated there were 76,000 illegal Haitian immigrants.4
* When it extended Temporary Protected Status to Haitians, the Department of Homeland Security estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people could be eligible. While most are illegal immigrants, this estimate also includes those on temporary visas such as tourists, foreign students, and guest workers who will not have to go home.5
* Between 2000 and 2008, 183,188 Haitians were given green cards (permanent residence). These figures do not include those who entered on a long-term, temporary basis such as guest workers and foreign students nor does it include short term visitors like tourists. Of those given permanent residence, 135,913 (74 percent) were admitted under family-based immigration.6
* There are 310,000 U.S.-born Americans who have at least one parent born in Haiti.7
* Of Haitian immigrants (ages 25 to 65) 22 percent have not graduated from high school and 18 percent have a college degree. This compares to 9 percent and 30 percent, respectively, for native-born Americans.8
* The share of Haitian immigrants and their young children (under 18) living in poverty is 20 percent. For native-born Americans and their young children it is 11.6 percent.9
* The share of Haitian immigrants and their young children who lack health insurance is 29.5 percent. For native-born Americans and their children it is 12.6 percent.10
* Of households headed by Haitian immigrants 46 percent use at least one major welfare program. For households headed by native-born Americans it is 20 percent.11
* The share of Haitian immigrants who own their own home is 49 percent. For native-born Americans it is 69 percent.12
Let them eat dirt cake.
Why? Just go in front of a CNN camera and DEMAND food from America.
I think Haitian American Peggy Joseph said it best in 2008 in West Lauderdale.
“Obama is gonna pay my mortgage and put gas in my car”
Illegal immigration or govt sponsored illegal is going to kill and bankrupt America - it killed the UK - has a few more years in the UK but it is over.