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A collapsed building lies atop cars in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as rescue workers use sledge hammers to try to break through and learn whether anyone is alive underneath.

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Holy Israel Andy

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Jan 14, 2010
 

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In the 1700’s what is now Haiti was called the “Jewel of the Caribbean,” and supplied about 40% of the world’s sugar. In 1791 the government of France passed legislation to phase out slavery in its Caribbean colonies and grant the former Negro slaves citizenship. Rather than becoming citizens, Haiti’s Negro population mass murdered all whites and Mulattoes who could not flee the Island in time.

In 1804 only full blooded Negros remained and Haiti became the first Negro ruled nation. The Haitian revolution dominated America’s debate over slavery. While both the north and the south agreed that slavery should be ended, southerners and a large percentage of northerners universally opposed having a large population of freed slaves living in their midst. The Haitian “Revolution” was fresh in every one’s mind.

Flash forward to 1915. The “Jewel of the Caribbean” is now a desolate cesspool, that is exporting almost no sugar. The United States decides to “take up the white man’s burden” and send the US Marine Corps to rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure and feed it’s starving population.

The United States gave huge amounts of money to Haiti and over-saw the building of 1,000 miles of road, telephone lines, modernized its port, and helped Haiti to start exporting sugar once again. The US also put an end to the thousands of bandits along Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic. The US left in 1934 at the request of the then stabilized and very ungrateful Haitian government.

Haiti immediately sank straight back into total desolation strife. In 1973 the United State once again began playing a huge role in Haiti, giving the Island huge sums of money in handouts each year.

In 1994 the Clinton administration once again sent the US military to Haiti to rebuild the Island’s infrastructure.

In 1995 the Peace Corps went to Haiti in large numbers to train the Haitians in job skills. The US government spent almost one Billion providing food and job training to the Haitians between 95 and 99.

So when Obama says that Haiti has our “full, unwavering, support,” they have already had our full support since 1915.
Lin Farrell

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Jan 14, 2010
 
I am from Iowa U.S. and looking for a friend in Petion-ville. Her name is Ruth Morinsey and lives on Rue Pomeyrac Delmas 95. Any word on that area?
Vickie Henry

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Jan 14, 2010
 
I am from Massachusetts and looking for any information on Jenny Sterling and her family in Port au Prince, Haiti. I am inquiring for her Aunt Nora in lawrence ,ma. The family is all worried.

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Jan 14, 2010
 

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Jan 14, 2010
 
Red cross Haiti family/relative member list
http://www.familylinks.icrc.org/WFL_HTI.NSF/D...

The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747 (due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording).

Doctors Without Borders - Please donate
http://news.google.com/news...
Kermyonne Jean

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Jan 15, 2010
 
I am looking for my cousin at Delmas 95 rue pomeyrac # 6 P-A-P.

Please help. She has a young child with her.

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Jan 15, 2010
 
Kermyonne Jean wrote:
I am looking for my cousin at Delmas 95 rue pomeyrac # 6 P-A-P.
Please help. She has a young child with her.
Red cross Haiti family/relative member list
http://www.familylinks.icrc.org/WFL_HTI.NSF/D ...

The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747 (due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording).
Voodoo Indeedo

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Jan 15, 2010
 
You have to go to the US State departments site if you are looking for someone. They have set up a very in depth page there which will help you connect with someone who can give you info on your specific loved ones.

"Stop Haitian Overpopulation"
Richard

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Jan 16, 2010
 
A whole nation that practices Voodoo should be wiped out. Maybe there is a god after all, and maybe he did this to them. The Bible says that when a whold nation is bad, he will destroy it.

I sure won't be sending them any money. Save your money for needy Americans who deserve it.
Lin Farrell

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Jan 16, 2010
 
I already looked on the Red Cross Website, but they didn't have the names I was looking for. The Topix forum for Petit-goave helped me find my daughter and now I am looking for my friend Ruth Morency in Petion-ville.
Big Johnson

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Jan 16, 2010
 
Well that was smart, to build the capital city on a known earthquake faultline.

How much American money will go to rebuild on that same fault?
Onlyincolumbus

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Jan 16, 2010
 
Big Johnson wrote:
Well that was smart, to build the capital city on a known earthquake faultline.
How much American money will go to rebuild on that same fault?
Probably less American money than that which has been spent to rebuild American cities that lie in the paths of hurricanes and tornadoes. Or to rebuild parts of the Bay Area and Southern California that have been damaged by known fault lines, or to rebuild Anchorage which was devastated in the early 60s. Or to rebuild inland areas that are always prone to flooding or wildfires. What's your point, genius?
ErikW

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Jan 16, 2010
 
Big Johnson wrote:
Well that was smart, to build the capital city on a known earthquake faultline.
How much American money will go to rebuild on that same fault?
Yes, because early explorers sailed across the Atlantic and deliberately chose a Caribbean port that sat on a dangerous fault.

Not because it was a crossroads of commerce but because it might kill a bunch of people a few hundred years down the road.

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