Call it the “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” Syndrome. Refer to it as “It didn’t happen here, so it doesn’t matter” or part of the continuing battle against globalization, but when Hurricane Matthew devastated the Caribbean and then made its way up the Southeastern US coastline, the news was not good. It would have been catastrophic had the damage done to Haiti or Cuba was figured in, but for the most part, the Western media was obsessed with images of a flooded St. Augustine and a Caroline coastline decimated by surge.
This Is Haiti After Matthew
But what of the nearly 546 people killed from other parts of the planet, or the nearly 1.4 million that require aide? Right now, an estimated 175,000 in Haiti are homeless, and the final figures are far from in.
This Is The Devastation Left Behind
Granted, entities like the UN are putting out calls for help. Countries like the US are sending supplies. But for the most part, Haiti is once again being treated like a natural disaster afterthought. There are even reports out there arguing that whatever monies are raised in its name never see the light of day on the island nation.
So Much Loss…So Much Need
So leave it to an unlikely source to take a stand against such a tragic lack of consideration. The leader of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is himself making sure the people of Haiti start receiving the supplies that they need. His wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, part of the mission to the country after the 2010 earthquake, has once against asked for her husband’s help, and he is more than happy to help.
Aid Is Slowly Trickling In
One Ruler Is Making It A Personal Goal To Help