While the connections implied by my cartoon are somewhat dubious, the cartoon illustrates some important points and asks some important questions:
1. Why is Haiti's major airport through which emergency aid from outside must arrive under the control of a foreign military?
2. Why are foreign dignitaries considered more important than emergency life-saving aid for Haitians?
3. Why is Haiti so poor and where were all these dignitaries, now so eager to aid Haiti, during the past few decades?
If you are interested in contributing to emergency relief for Haiti, consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders.
If you are interested in contributing to long term sustainable development in Haiti, consider a donation to The Lambi Fund of Haiti.
Haiti Reading List:
To Heal Haiti, Look to History, Not Nature by Mark Danner
Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince
Occupation in Humanitarian Clothing
by Jesse Hagopian
The kidnapping of Haiti by John Pilger
Cuba is Missing... by Dave Lindorff
Haiti - Still Starving 23 Days Later
by Bill Quigley
"Hideous Dream: A soldier's memoir of the US Invasion of Haiti" by Stan Goff, MSgt U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)