I am, like most of the diaspora, a student who sought a better life because Haiti was in ruins. I spent my life juggling English and creole, knowing very well that the first would come in handy for my personal survival. But, what was to become of my country? Monday night, Haiti was shattered by a 7.0 earthquake. Monday was the first time that the country that I call home questioned my character.
The first thing I asked myself, after seeing pictures of the country in ruins, and people being pulled from debris, was "what if that had happened to me?" To say the least, that was pretty selfish of me. Regardless of if this happened in Haiti, or in Cote D'Ivoire, the first question that an educated citizen of this world should ask is, what can I do to help? Haiti is now left to the mercy of looters, and everyone in the country, for the first time ever, exists at the same socio-economic level, zero. When night falls in today's Haiti, the question on everyone's mind is "where will I sleep?" When day comes, the question is "What will I eat." The second free republic of the new world's fate is now in the hands of those who witnessed its demise. For the sake of the lives of those who remain from the 8,000,000 that were alive, Let's help Haiti.
I will be organizing a food and clothing draft on the George Washington University campus, and please email me at email@example.com, to participate.