Haiti forgotten

As I (and many others) predicted, once the Port-au-Prince earthquake was old news, the media and the world, after an intense outpouring of concern, lost interest in Haiti and moved on.

Haitian people are still living in tents and drinking polluted water.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitian children are still enslaved as restaveks.

Haitian families are still dying while trying desperately to escape.

Haitian children are still being trafficked and sexually exploited.

Haitian children are still starving to death.

Of the hundreds of thousands of orphans and abandoned children in Haiti, fewer are being adopted into the U.S. now than before the earthquake.

A few days ago I ran across a reference in The Economist to a mass drowing of Haitian men and women on Christmas Eve, which occured when the dilapidated boat they were trying to sail to the U.S. sank of the coast of Cuba.  I searched the internet news for stories about the tragedy.  There were some out there, but they were almost all from international media.  The U.S. media didn’t consider it newsworthy.

We seem to have returned to our preferred way of responding to the horrors of Haiti.

We ignore them.

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