Plight Haitian People

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Plight of the Haitian People Kelly Auerhamer Strayer University SOC300 Professor Jennifer Morrison 08/30/12 In recent news, Hurricane Isaac dumped massive rains upon the island of Haiti. The Haitian government has reported twenty four deaths now from various storm related issues according to the Associated Press (2012). After reading the prior statements this is why the topic of the following essay is the struggles and hardships the people of Haiti have been facing for years. Haiti has many layers of compound issues; however there are three we will visit which are constant political unrest, many natural disasters, and numerous disease outbreaks. This discouraging cocktail of happenings is a recipe of continued hardships…show more content…
It seems as if when the apocalypse happens, the epicenter will be in Haiti. The location and weather patterns of the island have plagued the island with natural disasters. Haiti has had many recorded hurricanes, earthquakes, and storms. The country has a disproportionately large coastline which makes it very susceptible to hurricanes. Haiti also has large rivers that overflow in the rainy seasons and dry up during the dry season. The most recent hurricane/tropical storm was Isaac which hit Haiti August 25, 2012. It dumped massive rain which caused flooding and very strong winds. The last recorded hurricane prior to Isaac, was Tomas in 2010 which caused massed flooding and mudslides. According to CBC News World, “The storm hit Haiti's rural western tip hard, flooding the refugee-camp homes of quake survivors.” (2010). The storm was actually downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm but still caused massive flooding with the vast amount of rain and mudslides that were rampant. The country also has a long history of earthquakes dating back to 1564. The most recent in this list is the 2010 earthquake close to Port-Au-Prince. The nation is located in a region seismic activity due to the movement of the Caribbean tectonic plate, which is compared with which a finger shoving away against two larger plates, the North American and South American. With this movement the eastward motion of the Caribbean…show more content…
According to the Disaster Emergency Committee prior to the 2010 earthquake, “ Haiti was 145th of 169 countries in the UN Human Development Index, which is the lowest in the Western Hemisphere, more than 70% of people in Haiti were living on less than $US2 per day, 86% of people in Port au Prince were living in slum conditions - mostly tightly-packed, poorly-built, concrete buildings, 80% of education in Haiti was provided in often poor-quality private schools, the state system generally provided better education but provided far too few places, and half of people in Port-au-Prince had no access to latrines and only one-third has access to tap water” (2011). Diseases are the third crisis issue in the country of Haiti. The nation has a history of diseases on an epidemic scale. Haiti is almost like an incubator for germs. It is a tropical, warm, moist climate very similar to a petri dish. Haiti also has a susceptibility to disease due to lack of clean water and food safety. Haiti also has long list of diseases that air easily transferred between

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