Haiti: Worst of places for a quake

“Tragedy has a way of visiting those who can bear it least.” – Michael Elliot, TIME

The earthquake that hit Haiti was particularly devastating for a few reasons. Not only was the capital in a geologically volatile area, but the nation’s basic infrastructure was a little crippled to begin with. The already grim situation of the sore lack of basic necessities like electricity and water was cruelly compounded by the earthquake’s indiscriminate destruction of weak buildings and shelters.

This raises yet another issue of poverty in our world, in particular that of the ability of impoverished nations to respond to natural disasters.

Why does such extreme poverty continue to exist today? (A look at Haiti’s country profile from BBC might offer some clues)
How do you think this disaster will force nations to rethink the state of unequal development in the world today?


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