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Haiti Relief Continues Across the Globe

January 15, 2010

As the media has been covering the devastation in Haiti and efforts to get relief to those in need, WMC experts have been highlighting the pre-existing poverty and political turmoil that, combined with natural forces, have resulted in a disaster that is largely man-made.   PWV Alum Michele Wucker appeared on Rachel Maddow last night to discuss the situation. Michele is the Executive Director of the World Policy Institute and the author of the incredible book, Why The Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola. As funds and sympathy pour into Haiti, I highly recommend that people read up on the history to get perspective on the issue. Make sure as you send money to support the relief efforts in Haiti that you are supporting an organization with the infrastructure to provide relief effectively. As expert Tracy Kidder noted on Maddow last night as well, "at least 10,000 private organizations perform supposedly humanitarian missions in Haiti, yet it remains one of the world's poorest countries."  Some suggested relief organizations to contribute to:
Video of Michele Wucker on Rachel Maddow: