Disaster struck the Caribbean country of Haiti on 12th January 2010 in the form of an earthquake with a colossal magnitude of 7.0. The country of Haiti has had a turbulent and violent past. Rampant corruption has led to the slow disintegration of the society inside Haiti, but none of them have been at the catastrophic level of the earthquake of the recent past.
An estimated three million people are affected by the 2010 Haitian earthquake, according to the first reports from the International Red Cross committee. The worst effected and damaged area was the Port-au-Prince - The Presidential Palace was among the buildings that were completely destroyed.
When the first dismal pictures of the Haitian Earthquake arrived – the world was in shock all over. Streets with buildings some hours ago had turned into grounds of rubble, with people trapped inside them crying out for help. The world was stunned at the pictures that spoke of the horror of not just hundreds but many hundred thousands.
Over the course of few hours, Haiti and HelpHaiti hash tags were the in the top ten Trending Topics on Twitter. Groups after groups sprang up on facebook to think of ways to help. Donations through text messaging were also encouraged. Countries from all over the world pledged their help into aiding the disastrous situation. President Obama pledged ‘full aid’ of the United States to the people of Haiti. Famous celebrities like the Jolie-Pitts immediately pledged a million dollars and others followed suit. Madonna, Paris Hilton, Ben Stiller, Lindsay Lohan, Chris Martin from the ColdPlay, all urged their supporters to help the best they can. Oscar winning actor George Clooney is currently organizing a telethon in collaboration with MTv. Haitian-born Wyclef Jean, the nephew of the ambassador of Haiti to the United States, has asked the world to help and donate to his charity ‘Yele’ which works in Haiti. The whole world had come together for the people of Haiti, and pledged to help and ease their anguish.
While, the response from the world has been swift, the pledges quick, the scale of devastation in Haiti has been so high, the infrastructure so badly affected and the number of human lives lost and so many hurt, that it is still taking time to give the people of Haiti the kind of help they need. With the loss of more than 80% of their infrastructure and more than a million deaths, the world will need to help the people of Haiti, not just now when its freshly disaster struck, but the entire world will have to get together and help them re-build their country all over.