January 17, 2010

Haiti Should Make Us Question Our Own Morality

Port_au_Prince(nasa).jpgI was listening to the BBC this morning as I usually do early Sunday mornings. A representative from Oxfam was being interviewed about Haiti. Among the many interesting bits of information she shared, one in particular caught my attention: prior to the earthquake, only 40% of Port-au-Prince had consistent access to safe drinking water.

Why has the international community allowed such a dire situation to persist in Haiti for so long? Why was an earthquake required for us to confront reality?

In the next week or two, we in the U.S. will see partisan politics come to dominate the discussion of Haiti. As this happens, I believe that the critical question for us to keep in mind is what it says about us that we were content to largely ignore the dire poverty in Haiti until this disaster struck.

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