The rains are coming in Haiti, but there are more homeless people in Haiti today than the day after the earthquake hit in January. More than 1.5 million Haitians are living under tattered tents, tarps and sheets, which will provide little protection during hurricane season.
Carvens Lissaint is a Haitian-American poet and performer from New York City. His poem "Haiti" was written a year ago and has a startling prophetic tone in the wake of the recent tragic events there. Carvens' mother was in Haiti at the time of the earthquake, and fortunately is safe and back home with her family. As Haiti struggles to rebuild after the natural disaster, and the U.S. and UN continue to focus more on "security" than relief, Carvens reminds us that the best people to lead the reconstruction of a community are the members of that community themselves.
We must not allow ourselves to turn a blind eye to the continued degradation of an entire country. We must not permit millions of our brothers and sisters to live without a real measure of dignity. We must never again sustain such depraved indifference.