Target: Major media outlets
Goal: Devote more time to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Haiti
The world’s attention has been mostly focused on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. However, Caribbean nations have also been devastated and are receiving far less mainstream media coverage. This is especially true in Haiti, which is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
Around 350,000 people in the nation’s capital are still living in refugee camps since a 2010 earthquake. This along with high levels of poverty, dilapidated infrastructure, and weak governance make the people of Haiti particularly vulnerable to disasters and make recuperation in the aftermath of disasters especially challenging if not impossible.
Conditions after the earthquake also brought on a cholera epidemic which has became the worst in the world. These conditions were all present prior to the damage Sandy wrought — 54 people dead and 20 missing. While Haiti was only hit by the tail of Hurricane Sandy, the damage done has exacerbated what was already a devastated nation.
The disaster facing Haiti is not “natural” in any way. It is the result of structural problems facing the country’s infrastructure and disaster response capabilities. Until the country gets proper support and attention from the international community, there’s no telling what the next disaster will bring Haiti. The first step in bringing this problem to the forefront is raising awareness about where the country stands in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Don’t let Haiti get left behind again. Tell the major media outlets to devote more coverage to the crisis in Haiti.
Dear Major Media Outlets,
The United States has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy and this event deserves significant coverage by the media. However, the U.S. is not the only nation in the Western Hemisphere facing the destruction Sandy brought. Haiti, while holding a smaller death toll than the U.S., is reeling from the aftermath of the hurricane.
Their crippled infrastructure is already unable to withstand the impact of Sandy and their governance does not have the ability to distribute resources adequately. The nation has hardly recovered from the 2010 earthquake and though it received much media coverage, this ultimately did not properly address the structural problems of poverty, infrastructural decay, and governmental corruption that stand in the way of the nation’s recovery.
This time can be different. If people see that Haiti’s dire condition, even three years after the earthquake, has only been worsened by Hurricane Sandy, perhaps they will understand that more comprehensive change and development needs to take place in order for Haiti to rise above these disasters. Please pledge to commit more coverage to the situation in Haiti in order to raise awareness about the ongoing struggle Haitians face in the aftermath of Sandy.
[Your Name Here]
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