Thursday, January 13, 2011

Helping Haiti - the Church

Bishop Pierre Whalon is the Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and has a long history of working with people in Haiti.  He has written a wonderful article posted at the Huffington Post on the good that the Church is doing in Haiti, and the essential and important work that is going on, and must go on in the future.  This is an article well worth reading.

Peace and Blessings,

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

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The Most Effective Help for Haiti --The Church
By Pierre Whalon, in the Huffington Post

Why bother with Haiti? There has been a lot of exasperation expressed that "nothing has changed in Haiti" since the earthquake a year ago. There is talk of God's punishment for "devil worship," of the bitter fruits of failed socialism, of the inability of former slaves to govern themselves effectively. Money given for Haiti is just "poured down a rat hole." In other words, let's blame the victims for their predicament and leave them in it. They brought it on themselves. What's it got to do with us?
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, there was a tremendous response from Americans and people across the globe. Even in the world's richest country, it will still require a long time before that one storm's damage will be completely effaced.
Contrary to media reports, a lot has changed in Haiti. For one thing, the dire predictions in January 2010 of massacres, civil war, massive epidemics, etc., have not materialized because of the efforts of many people, beginning with the Haitians themselves. We should not expect the much greater devastation in Haiti, one of the world's poorest countries, to be rebuilt any faster. At best, it will be many years before Haiti will be back on its feet.
And while the Haitians themselves have often been their own worst enemies, the truth is that France first and then the United States have used military force and trade sanctions against Haiti several times over the past two centuries to promote their own economic interests. Once the world's biggest sugar exporter and a major rice producer, Haiti now has to import these commodities, principally due to American policies. Those who point a finger at the corruption of various Haitian governments have several pointing back at their own nations' involvement in sustaining those evil rĂ©gimes  .  .  .

Read it all HERE 

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