I can try to imagine though, and I hope those of us without close family or friends in Haiti will be kind, heartfelt, giving, and compassionate after our first flush of goodwill goes to some good use. The grief and trauma must be almost unbearable and it won't stop after the headlines do and so our care and interest in each other mustn't either.
It seems the history of Haiti is replete with the ways it has been crippled and punished financially by powerful countries, from its remarkable inception out of slavery to the present day, where poverty and a difficult social infrastructure flummoxed by debt create the climate for an even more painful situation than necessary. Is there a way to change these patterns?
Little Crippled Haiti (mixed media on aluminium, 48" x 48"), by the Haitian artist Edouard Duval Carrié.Contrasts and combines the resilience and genius of the Haitian people with the history of violation, injustice and migration spanning the globe.