… have they not a shred of decency?
The people of Haiti, right now, need food, fresh water, medical supplies with doctors and nurses, and engineers and builders with equipment to demolish unsafe structures and rebuild roads, bridges, hospitals, houses and schools.
But what do some people think, right now, is a more important use of space in a plane going there?
- A Christian evangelical group is sending 600 solar-powered talking Bibles (because Haitians must not have their own religious systems in place to comfort them during this crisis)
- John Travolta is going to fly in a load of e-meters and Scientology ‘ministers’ (because what starving and grieving people need is to have their galvanic skin responses misinterpreted and ‘location assists’ reminding them where exactly they are)
- Homeopaths Without Borders is seeking donations for their Haiti relief efforts (because small vials of double-distilled water (sorry, “remedy”) are obviously more use than large barrels of actual drinking water)
I bet that’s only the tip of the inappropriate iceberg.
Back the fuck off, vultures.
(Relief organisations which have experience and credibility in providing essential disaster recovery assistance are discussed in this previous post.)
NB. The $5 donation via texting in the UN Food Program badge to the right only works in the USA.
Categories: crisis, ethics & philosophy
My condolences to Haitians. My apologies for the present and past policies of the U.S. government. And the newest military occupation of Haiti. More later…
PS CFS/ME is the ps disease. (Overtired as I’m in midst of art in countdown to my 7 oth…) Please see http://www.democracynow.org for excellent coverage of Haiti. Amy Goodman and her producer (one of) Sharif Abdel Kodouz have been in Haiti since this past weekend.
The good news is that none of these assholes actually have access to the very-limited airplane slots available in Haiti at the moment. Which is just as well, because look at the ad I found in my mailbox:
Rapid Response Chaplains – wxw.BillyGraham.org – are deploying to Haiti-dont [sic] miss this chance to help change a life!
[edited so the link isn’t live]
Homeopaths Without Borders is a real organization? I thought (hoped) that was a spoof.
I think HWB might be a one man and his dog type of operation, but the website looks like they are serious enough.
Edit: Of course, if one is OK with charging piles of money for distilled water, what’s to stop you hitting those same people up for “donations”?