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Relief Efforts Following the Haiti Earthquake and Its Failures
Journalism & Communication
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Relief Efforts following the Haiti Earthquake and its Failures Student name Professor name Course number Date of submission The Haiti Earthquake An earthquake of the magnitude that hit Haiti in 2010 required relief on a war footing. The number of casualties and the difficulties of the reconstruction of the infrastructure made relief efforts a daunting task.
Many of these glitches were avoidable and were cause by a lethargic initial response on the part of the government of Haiti. The manner of providing relief and ensuring that the victims receive it, was also faulty and this led to a great wastage of the food and other materials of relief that could have been used for the benefit of the suffering people of Haiti. The disappearance of the government machinery was one of the major reasons as to why relief efforts could not be coordinated in a scientific manner that would have ensured the proper distribution of food and shelter. This was accompanied by the loss of jobs that meant that most people in the country did not have a regular source of income, despite there being no dearth of funds. The invisibility of the Haitian government during the initial days was the major reason as to why there was a failure in coordinating the well-meaning efforts of the international community. Despite the efforts of countries such as the United States of America, the absence of a framework that could provide support from within the country led to much relief material being wasted. This was seen in the absence of any centre set up by the government of Haiti for the distribution of food packets (Slevin). ...
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