Peter Eisner writes about the roots of Haiti's desperate poverty. Even before the earthquake, Haiti remained mired in poverty for much of its history. There are those who ask why Haiti has been hopelessly poor for so long. Yes, it is one of the first independent republics, but the Haitian people have suffered just as long, victims of colonial folly.
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Worldfocus contributing editor Peter Eisner writes about the devastation in Haiti. Some stories and events exceed the ability to use adjectives to capture the depths. We cannot gild words or exaggerate the story of the Haiti earthquake. How do you approach the horror, the tragedy and the suffering in any coherent way?
The need in Haiti -- where suffering goes along chronically, untreated and ignored -- requires new thinking and global commitment to change, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner. The U.S. must step up to the plate.