It has become evident that if we are going to help the people of Haiti, we are going to have to do it ourselves.Planes loaded with much needed medical staff and supplies have been repeatedly re-routed to the Dominican Republic, creating an extraordinary strain on several Relief Organizations.
The amazing Rescue teams from all over the World have accomplished the impossible, extricating survivors after over a week of being buried in the rubble.Their feats of heroism have been sabotaged by the lack of medical care and supplies created by this logistical bottleneck.It is maddening to expend so much effort to save people, only to watch them die because they have no medical care.
I started following the situation in Haiti on Twitter shortly after the quake.I created a list of Twitter users who are involved in providing help on the ground in Haiti.It started with a handful of people and it now contains over 200 names: local citizens, volunteers, relief workers, and journalists.
Following this Twitter List gives you a very good idea of what’s going on in Haiti, all in actual time.This morning when CNN announced that a second after shock had taken place, I had knowledge of a third one that had occurred mere seconds before that announcement, all via Twitter.
This Twitter Haiti list has given me a beat by beat account of everything happening in Haiti since the quake.Here is my understanding of the situation after having partaken in exchanging thousands of Tweets for the past 9 days:
While the World has shown an extraordinary outpour of support, donating millions upon millions to helping Haiti, more than a week after the quake, many Haitians are still without water, food and medication.Witnesses on the ground report that boxes upon boxes of medical supplies are just lying there at the airport, while doctors are performing amputations without anesthesia and, having run out of supplies, some are sanitizing equipment by using hard liquor.Dr. Sanjay Gupta and his producer, Danielle Dellorto, finally took matters into their own hands this morning and went to the Port au Prince Airport demanding answers:Here is her Tweet posted around 11am:
The visit was successful and they left the airport with several boxes of medical supplies and a videotaped explanation made by one of the US Military brass in charge stating that “we just don’t have the infrastructure to distribute these supplies”.
Meanwhile, another star journalist, Soledad O'Brien and her producers, embarked on a trip with two buses loaded with young orphans headed toward the Dominican Republic.They had to turn back and leave many of the babies behind, several of them too sick to travel, because the embassy indicated they did not have clearance to exit yet.After almost missing the plane, Soledad and her team finally managed to take 22 of these orphans into Miami.
Those of you who are connected to me via Active Rain, Facebook or Twitter, know of my desperate pleas for help on behalf of another group of orphans left to die in Haiti.My followers re-tweeted my cries for help over and over yesterday.Help finally came today, also from a journalist on the ground in Haiti: Adam Housley, correspondent for Fox News.He became the hero who facilitated the rescue of these desperate orphans.You can watch that feat on Fox tonight at 10 tonight.
(I will continue this blog in a little while; stay tuned for more).