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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Photo Wednesday 01/13/10 : Can the earthquake disaster in Haiti cause a substantial rally round their flag?

By now you've probably heard that a massive earthquake struck the capital city of the nation Haiti. My best wishes for rescue and repair go out to the Haitian people and to my friends many of whom have roots in and around the capital Port-Au-Prince.
West Indian American Day Parade 2009 - 62
(above Haitian flags and pride fly in Brooklyn during the 2009 West Indian Day Parade)

If you'd like to offer support to the earthquake relief effort in Haiti, here's two suggestions:
The Red Cross and Mercy Corps

The photos from Haiti show hundreds if not thousands of structures including the Parliament Building were gravely damaged. Here in Brooklyn, where many of the over 200,000 Haitians living abroad call home, there is an understandable thirst for the lastest information on the devastation. I imagine there's an increasingly pent up desire to be active and helpful in the aftermath. And that's what came to my mind after glimpsing the destruction in Haiti.

Before yesterday Haiti was arguable the poorest of nations in the Western Hemisphere with a host of additional problems to boot. Yet consensus on how improve conditions in Haiti have been as varied as they are to act on. Haiti has suffered for decades.

My question is to the world community in general and the Haitian community abroad, especially those who've found better financial situations. Will this disaster fuel the moment when Haiti, clearly damaged in an apolitical way, and undeniably deserving of rescue is rebuilt better than before? Or will this be the final strike that allows Haiti to completely and totally disintegrate?