Yesterday NPR was full of stories about the logistical nightmare of getting rescue workers to Haiti. The only airport was a bottleneck, roads destroyed. Minutes count, and the big organizations can’t get through fast enough.
Meanwhile, survivors of the earthquake are pulling away the rubble to rescue people trapped alive.
“Where is the help?” she asked. The former government employee spits the question again and again, hands on her hips. “Where is the help? Is the U.N. really here? Does America really help Haiti?”
In the absence of any visible relief effort in the city, the help came from small groups of Haitians working together. Citizens turned into aid workers and rescuers. Lone doctors roamed the streets, offering assistance.
As in other disasters, we will see endless film of dazed and injured survivors waiting for help. As in Katrina, the citizens who saved people from rooftops using rowboats and rafts will be further away from the cameras.
So check out this post, from the ground in Haiti–