Raising awareness for Haitians adversely effected by Hurricane Matthew
by dcarroll on October 7, 2016 - 8:50pm
There is not debate as to whether or not we are experiencing dramatic changes in climate around the world. Some places experience the adverse effects of climate change more than others, and unfortunately for the people of Haiti, they are dealing with a dramatic climatic event for the second time in a decade. The news article written by Stephen Smith for CBC news titled Haitian Montrealers plead for Red Cross donations to help Hurricane Matthew’s victims discusses organizational commitment and pledges to the Red Cross for donations to support Haitians who have been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The stage 4 hurricane has displaced over 60’000 Haitians, and has led to over 800 fatalities and rising. The article goes on to discuss pledges made by Montreal and Quebec, totalling $560 thousand dollars in support of areas of Haiti whom have been directly impacted the most, in order to relieve them of their current situation. This article intends to raise awareness for those in need of assistance, as they suffer through another terrible natural disaster, in hope of raising more money.
My initial reaction this article was complete and utter sympathy for those who have suffered through this tragic event, but also left my feeling helpless as there is very little that one individual can do to remedy the situation. After continuing to read the article, it made me happy that there are governments and other organizations out there that are donating and trying their best to help those in need, even though this natural disaster is not directly effecting them. Having said that, addressing these tragedies after they occur is not the answer, in my opinion. I believe that Haiti has such a tough time dealing with these disasters because of their poor infrastructure, which is inevitable based on their economy and the way that most people live in their region. Due to their poor housing conditions, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. disasters such as Hurricane Matthew are exacerbated. I believe the support for Haiti, and many other third-world countries around the world, should come before any events such as this one occur, in order to rebuild their infrastructure so the impacts are not as great next time around. Unfortunately, this is not realistic for many countries, as western societies rely on underdeveloped countries for low-cost labour for production. Large companies around the world take advantage of those in need, and get them to work for much less than people in developed countries, which is the root of the problem.
Conclusively, I think it is fantastic that CBC news is creating awareness in order to aid those in need, but I do not believe this is enough. We have the ability to aid countries before they have to experience adverse effects of natural disasters, but we do not do anything about it. This is a tragic event and I hope the fatalities do not continue to rise, as we can create awareness so others can evacuate and avoid Hurricane Matthew.