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Hurricane Matthew literally erased parts of Haiti

There was little they could do but watch it come. 

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and it’s now enduring the aftermath of the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade.

Hurricane Matthew (a Category 4 hurricane at time of Haitian landfall) is responsible for over 1,000 lives lost in the country, leaving 1.4 million in need of aid. And in its wake, a resurged storm of illness and death.

Concerns over the already-present cholera epidemic have intensified greatly, as 2010’s earthquake – which took the lives of over 100,000 people – left the country’s sanitation and water supplies in dire need. The nation had only just started to rebuild what was lost. 

Cholera, characterized by the rapid loss of bodily fluids through diarrhea and vomiting, can be “easily” remedied with immediate rehydration either via consumption of fluids or intravenous methods. But when hospitals have been destroyed, roads blocked, and water is toxic, what is there to be done? 

The pain of Haiti has not softened, and neither should our collective voice on their behalf.

In the aftermath, it is being called the ‘forgotten disaster’ (CNN), one that has alarmingly quickly left the media’s attention. Don’t let it.

Clean up from Hurricane Matthew continues in Jeremie. Logan Abassi, courtesy of UN/MINUSTAH

80% of Haiti’s food crops have been swept away, in what happens to be the middle of their second greatest harvest season. The devastated areas are largely without power. Without phones. Without food. Without clean water. Without medical care. 

What can we do?

Use your voice. Share updates on social media, calling on those following to consider donating to reliable relief organizations in the area. Action follows demand. Demand attention to the people of Haiti, who desperately need it. 

Donate. Giving effectively and transparently is harder than it should be. But there are organizations out there, like the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, who are on the ground and well-suited to care for the people of Haiti. Check out the special page for Hurricane Matthew efforts set up by Charity Navigator for tips of giving to disaster relief.

Be the human in humanitarian, 

Adrienne Bingham

Blog Coordinator

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