Haiti has once again been left devastated after another hurricane left hundreds dead and
scores more injured in October 2016. In a series of floods that have spanned over the course of 4 days, there have already been more than 800 deaths. The Guardian reports that some areas of the country have experienced up to 15 inches of rain.
Hurricane Matthew appears to be moving over towards the America’s east coast with reporters claiming that there have already been four people who have died in Florida. As these natural phenomenon hit, it leaves many wondering about their future.
To recap, in 2010, the tiny island of Haiti experienced another equally devastating natural disaster in the form of an earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people. This was by far the largest natural disaster of its kind in recent history in the country. There were a total of 52 aftershocks after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
The world responded and donations came flooding from all walks of life. People around the world were moved by the images they were seeing and gave in their thousands. In fact, the American Red Cross alone collected more than half a billion dollars in help money.
Red Cross’ abuse of funds
Five years after the aftermath, no one can account for this money. Neither the Haitian government nor the Red Cross itself. This has now opened a can of worms about the mismanagement of funds in charitable organizations. Many people on learning about the Red Cross’ abuse of funds have been horrified by the accusation. The Red Cross is one of the organizations that enters disaster areas and provides relief in the form of food, shelter, clothing and other basic necessities.
This makes you wonder what is going to happen to the Haitians and other countries that needed the money the Red Cross misused. Right now, Haiti needs money to rebuild itself after this mass looding. Will the world be willing to donate once again to this cause, or the world will slowly begin to turn a blind eye towards charity organizations? It really is food for thought.
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