Haiti in Crisis

Waves of emergency aid teams arrived Thursday in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Planes carrying rescuers along with water, food and medical supplies landed at the airport in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Much of the country was in ruins after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck. The quake left thousands of Haitians dead and millions in desperate need of basic food, shelter, and medical attention. “The United States and the international community must act quickly to address the immediate needs of the Haitian people and to support the government of Haiti,” according to a letter from Senator Bernie Sanders and many others to Senate leaders.  “Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and lacks the capacity to respond to and recover from a disaster of such scale and scope.  Robust and immediate U.S. assistance to Haiti in the wake of this catastrophe is vital to support stability in that fragile country, and is in our own national security interest.”