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UN Contingency Plans for Haiti Hurricane Season

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As mentioned before on this blog space, the UN World Food Programme is ramping up its emergency planning for the Haitian hurricane season. The WFP has announced that it will provide over two million emergency food rations to be distributed at 31 sites in the country. In addition, they are erecting six hurricane proof warhouses in the under manned south and east regions of the country. As well, the WFP is creating alternate transport systems, including use of tugboats and barges to transport food and medical supplies in the event that roads are damaged by mudslides.

It’s nice to see the UN using a bit of foresight and actually creating preventitive measures before hurricane season. I’m certain that even with all the planning in the world, the country is at such a decimated state that there will be signifigant damage on the island. The hope is that these counteractive measures will minimize devestation and serve as  integral components of  the inevitable  cleanup and reconstruction job to follow. Let’s just wait and see.

UN Contingency Plans For Haiti Hurricane Season

Gede Greg C.

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Back To Reality

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So the other day the US Coast Guard intercepted a 30 foot vessel 35 miles east of Florida and repatriated the 28 refugees on board. I alluded to this many posts ago on how stringent the immigrations laws are pertaining to Haitians fleeing post January 12th. Now if this was a group of Cubans fleeing Communism would there be a similar response? For God’s sakes, there was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12th that left hundreds of thousands of people dead and over a million people homeless. I guess that Haitians don’t deserve the kind of asylum that other groups receive when they flee their homelands to the US in the hopes of getting a better life. Maybe we’re a emerging terrorist population, or a health hazard (HIV anyone?), or perhaps the US doesn’t deem the dark faces from my island economically worthy of giving a shot in the US? After all, most Haitians are either cabdrivers or domestics, and that isn’t a particularly powerful special interest group that can help fund US politicos’ ambitions.

I don’t know if I’m being overly sensitive, but I’ve seen many very educated and successful  family members being denied Visa’s and Green Cards while other immigrant groups get free passes and roads to opportunities paved in precious metals. You tell me.

Back To Reality

Gede Greg C.