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Air Drop Money on Port Au Prince, Haiti

Original post made by Sally, Greenmeadow, on Jan 17, 2010

There is food in Haiti, and it can be sold in Port Au Prince. Already, make shift markets are being set up, with merchants from the country side coming to sell their produce. The problem is that the residents do not have the money to buy the food. The simplest, direct response is to drop $$ from the air into the city.

Haitians are very capable of surviving in the microeconomic environment, but they need a medium of exchange, and that is money. This would be the most efficient and humanitarian thing to do in this moment of crisis. It would also help to support the Haitian farmers.

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Posted by Sally Ellipsoidal
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

Sheesh, another arm chair aid worker. Must be great to have field experience from 3,260 miles away.

It is painfully obvious by now that for political reasons democrats blamed Bush for Katrina and shamelessly took advantage of a tragic situation in 2005 to gain pathetic political points. Bush a three day delay. Obama day six and still chaos.

In no country in the world are human lives the priority - the priority is always politics and media perception.

Well we ever learn?

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

The governement response to the Haiti earthquake has a been a huge failure, so far. We were told that airdrops of food and water could not be allowed, because it would create a 'haves vs have nots' situation, with attendant violence. Apparently, if all could not have an equal share, they were all condemned to suffer and die. In the meantime, anger of starving people increases, and makes the security issue much worse.

I watched a report on one of the news report, where some small street merchants were trying to sell food, but there were no buyers, becasue the starving people did not have money. That is why I suggested a money drop. Haitian small farmers can provide some food, and help many people, if the people have the money to pay for the food. Why not?

Today, there are reports that the government will start to make air drops of food and water. Why did it take six days to make a decision that was so obvious from the beginning?

I don't mean to make a political thing of it, like was done in Katrina, but this is a completely ridiculous situation. Where is the leadership dedicated to saving lives, as quickly as possible? Air drops of food and water, flown directly from the U.S., do not interfere with the logistics logjam in Port Au Prince. Even the orphans are being held to a legalistic standard, while they starve. Is there no shame in all of this?

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Posted by "Heck of a Job" Brownie
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Way to go, Sally Ellipsoidal - I couldn't of said it better myself!
It was so CLINTON'S fault!!!!

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Posted by Sally Ellipsoidal
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

>>>> Air drops of food and water, flown directly from the U.S., do not interfere with the logistics logjam in Port Au Prince.

If it has been done the US Military has done it before see here: Web Link
Simple to do, all it takes is an order from someone in charge.

>>>> Is there no shame in all of this?

The shame of the shameless is illogical. - What matters are poll numbers.

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