The Effect of the Earthquake in Haiti: Global Issues

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GLOBAL ISSUES

Simply hours after the impact in Haiti, nations all over the world such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Venezuela were pledging “unwavering support” (Matt Frei, 2010). The United States of America immediately dispatched Navy Ships and smaller boats to Haiti while the US Agency for International Development (USID) sent specialised teams with rescue equipment. Similarly, Israel sent two planes with a field hospital and around two hundred and twenty (220) emergency personnel while Canada readied two warships, helicopters and planes with supplies (Aislinn Laing and Nick Collins, 2010). International bodies, such as the United Nations, were already organising financial aid; they themselves were sending 10 million dollars. Even international entertainers donated to Haiti; Beyonce donated 10 million dollars to a fund simply for Haiti. Food and supplies were being gathered by organisations such as the Red Cross and UN Food Programs. The earthquake in Haiti impacted more than just locals. Tourists, UN peace members from China, Brazil, Jordania and others also died in the earthquake. Persons in other countries who had family in Haiti were also affected. This added to the global aspect of the Haitian earthquake. Responses were not only international. Regional efforts were also seen directly after the earthquake. According to a CARICOM press release (2010), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), led by Jamaica, was already providing assistance to Haiti from approximately twenty-four (24) after the impact. Assistance measures included search and rescues, treating the injured and supply relief. As stated in the release, nine thousand, two hundred (9200) persons were treated by the CARICOM mission. Thirty-six relief supply operations were carried out and approximately 275 tons of supplies including water and canned food items from CARICOM Member States were distributed. Member States of the Community, such as Barbados, also...
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