Haiti's poorest go hungry as food aid...

Haiti's poorest go hungry as food aid stays in storage

There are 55 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jul 21, 2008, titled Haiti's poorest go hungry as food aid stays in storage. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Every inch of Rivilade Filsame's body hurt, from his swollen, empty stomach to his dried-out, wrinkled skin.

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Hope Faith Love

United States

#47 Jul 24, 2008
Jenny wrote:
Every American should be required by law to adopt a starving Haitian because we are all so rich. It is our responsibility as Americans. O.K you all go first and I will follow.
As an educator, I recently went to Haiti. We do not need to adopt their future and bring them to the U.S., but be responsible Americans and educate them on how they can be proud, self-sufficent Haitian citizens.
Solution

Conley, GA

#48 Jul 24, 2008
Jenny wrote:
Every American should be required by law to adopt a starving Haitian because we are all so rich. It is our responsibility as Americans. O.K you all go first and I will follow.
Better yet... Every LIBERAL should have to adopt one Haitian family for one year. 80% of liberals would renounce liberalism forever. The other 20% would be convicted of murdering the lazy sassy ungrateful Haitians they adopted and tried to help.
Tennessee Tuxedo

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#49 Jul 28, 2008
Justifiably Bellicose wrote:
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This is your response when Balt points out that we DID send Haiti TONS OF FOOD THAT THEY LET ROT IN WAREHOUSES.
So we see clearly that you have no factual points to make, so you degenerate into juvenile name-calling.
What pisses me off is that the people who need the food are still suffering, is itm their fault the food is rottening in the warehouses? Guns are pointed in faces to keep the trucks from entering, I understand the food is being sent, the fact of it not being used, and sitting in warehouses, is not the Hatian peoples fault, they have no weapons to fight back with, as the U.S. Goverment is, we should go in with planes, trains, or automobiles, blow these road blockers away so this food can be given to these people, no one understands my point, I don't give a rats ass, I just know some one is standing in between the food and the people, they need to get blown away into ashes!
Wow

Decatur, GA

#50 Jul 28, 2008
WhatFi wrote:
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It is our responsibility. With great power comes great responsibility. We are sucking up the resources that poor countries need to survive, so we need to give back if we are going to survive. You don't like immigrants? Then stop giving them good reason to come here.
It is not our responsibility. Our country is mentally codependent, ignoring its own issues and poor in favor of helping other countries.
IF we help other countries, there should be stipulations. For instance, Haitians should agree to birth control so they are not bringing more mouths to feed.
We should be teaching them how to care for themselves. Why would anyone want to be self-sufficient if they know there will be someone there to provide all their needs?
That is the message we are sending to other countries.
You can read the Mexican Immigration laws right on the Internet. If you immigrate to that country, you have to prove you can take care of yourself financially before you are allowed in.
I think we ought to scratch out the phrase on the Statue Of Liberty where it says to "give us your poor."
I think other countries should be opening their borders and joining to help those who are trying to help impoverished countries.
But, again, I think our country should start with their OWN LEGAL residents.
There is something very very wrong with the concept that legal residents cannot afford medical care- but, we afford it to illegal immigrants.
There is something very, very wrong with supplying food and money to other countries when there are legal citizens living here whose children are starving.
Our priorities are very screwed up.
Wow

Decatur, GA

#51 Jul 28, 2008
Solution wrote:
<quoted text>Better yet... Every LIBERAL should have to adopt one Haitian family for one year. 80% of liberals would renounce liberalism forever. The other 20% would be convicted of murdering the lazy sassy ungrateful Haitians they adopted and tried to help.
I agree. Instead of our taxes being collected for all these special interest endeavors, why isn't there a place on our income tax returns to check if we agree to support the illegal immigrants or not. The ones who want them out, pay less taxes and the ones who feel strongly about them being able to stay, will have money taken from their returns in order to fund it.
If they want to go one further, they can agree to sponsor one of the families.
We can do this with all immigrants who come here with their hand out.
Put your own cash where your mouth is, so to speak.
Haiti Online Community598

New York, NY

#52 Jul 30, 2008
It's very hard to believe that nothing can be done to help Haiti ( http://www.haitionlinecommunity.com ) At the end of the day if the people of Haiti don't put there heads together to make a change we might still be hearing about this years to come. You hearing about donations being made to the people of Haiti but no one really know what happens to this money or what its doing to help.
Haiti Online Community

New York, NY

#53 Jul 30, 2008
It's very hard to believe that nothing can be done to help Haiti ( http://www.haitionlinecommunity.com ) At the end of the day if the people of Haiti don't put there heads together to make a change we might still be hearing about this years to come. You hearing about donations being made to the people of Haiti but no one really know what happens to this money or what its doing to help.
tomorrowisnotyou rs

Huntington, NY

#54 Jul 30, 2008
Hillary wrote:
I had a great supper tonight. We probably through out enough leftovers to feel a family of hungry haitians for 3 days
enjoy your great supper while it last,cuz you never know what tomorrow will bring my friend.you would be suprised.enjoy.
tomorrowisnotyou rs

Huntington, NY

#55 Jul 30, 2008
correction[what tomorrow may bring]
WhatFi

Miami, FL

#56 Jul 31, 2008
Justifiably Bellicose wrote:
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This is your response when Balt points out that we DID send Haiti TONS OF FOOD THAT THEY LET ROT IN WAREHOUSES.
So we see clearly that you have no factual points to make, so you degenerate into juvenile name-calling.
The article is also inaccurate. Big surprise.
BELIEVE and EXECUTE

Delray Beach, FL

#57 Aug 3, 2008
Don't believe the media, I am a non Haitian, I have been to Haiti 3times this year, things are getting better, but still a very long way to go. The only way for Haiti to prosper is is through economic reforms, many local Haitian don't have the resourses or the experience to find there way out of the problem. Our Group goes to Haiti to help build it economy. Haitian and Non Haitian alike can help Haiti by being a postive voice, if you can visit then see for your self. If you can't visit, stay connected becuase in the next few months chances will start, a little here,a little there! By carnaval 2009 lots of new postive things will be coming out of Haiti!
Trippy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#58 Aug 3, 2008
JOAN wrote:
I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY CAN'T GROW THIER OWN FOOD -- MY GRANPARENTS WERE FARMERS AND DID MOST OF IT BY HAND OR HORSE AND PLOW.
I'M SURE THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED THEM WITH SEEDS AND TOOLS A DOZEN TIMES OVER SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM??
Nothing will grow. The soil is polluted to the point of being one giant fecal sewer. There are no nutrients, only mud.
Deforestation made Haiti vulnerable to mass flooding and further contamination of the soil with salt and other matter during hurricanes. Why do we hear of so many dying, especially since the DR is the environmental opposite of Haiti?

The corrupt government is primarily to blame....like Zimbabwe is now, the system rewards the rich and the military, while the masses are left to starve and are subject to torture and death by the regime if they dare speak against it. Yet it's classified as a democracy. Go figure.
Trippy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#59 Aug 3, 2008
WhatFi wrote:
<quoted text>You need to go see for your self why, or else you will not understand or believe it. There are farms and farmers, but no roads between them and the market, so no way to distribute the food. That's just one of the problems.
There is also widespread sickness with children and adults being infected by parasites from eating mud out of desperation for food. If you are aware of who Aaron Jackson is, he is a true hero who has cured many children of worms.Plantingpeace.org People always stress education, but it's hard to learn while you are starving 24/7. At least Aaron is taking a crucial step toward improving personal welfare of the people. I wish that more Haitians would do the same.
Trippy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#60 Aug 3, 2008
Giselle wrote:
I often wonder why the Haitians don't just walk over to the Dominican Republic and try to make a life for themselves over there. The Dominicans seems to be doing ok, not starving on the same island land. They're all becoming major league baseball players. Why don't the Haitians just cross the border instead of floating over here to scrounge for food?
Because the DR won't let them in. End of story.
Trippy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#61 Aug 3, 2008
laggards wrote:
<quoted text>Haiti was a farm colony that was highly productive under the French.
There is plenty of soil and a 365 day growing season.
The British survived on their back yard Victory Gardens during the bombing of WW II. Why can't Haitians grow their own food? Laziness, that's why.
It hasn't been under French rule for nearly 200 years.
Deforestation has ruined the soil and allowed seawater to contaminate the once fertile farmlands. What farms are left are not enough to feed a nation, and that's if the regime doesn't get to it first.
If you have faith in their agriculture, go drink the water and tell me how you feel afterward.

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