The time of the truce is over

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"The time of the truce is over"


(Translation: Courtesy of MORN)

Immediately after the earthquake of January 12, 2010, which killed over 200,000 people, destroyed more than 250,000 houses, public and private buildings and other damages estimated in total at nearly 10 billion dollars, ALTERNATIVE found it necessary to enter into a period of political truce in order to avoid hampering the efforts of those in power in the organization of relief to the victims, but more importantly in order to create an atmosphere of cooperation, to demonstrate the unity of all of the sectors of the society, political, economic, social and cultural, necessary to overhaul the state and to begin the country's reconstruction.

Faced with the situation of calamity in which the earthquake of January 12 left the country, ALTERNATIVE believed and still believes that the interests of the Haitian people must come first.

ALTERNATIVE hoped that the current leaders of the government would become so conscientious of the situation that they would pursue a policy whose objective would be to serve, to straighten out the country's situation and meet the needs of victims.

They unfortunately made the choice of getting bogged down in harmful administrative practices, cronyism and dirty tricks that angers the population.

More than two months after the disaster, just like every segment of the population, ALTERNATIVE notes that the primary people in charge of the country do not exhibit the means, nor the will nor the capacity to define and carry out actions that correspond to the seriousness of the situation resulting from the earthquake.

Before the arrival of international aid, the people took care of themselves and took charge to remove the survivors and the dead from the rubble.

Today, it is still the population, without the help of the supervisory authorities, who organizes its survival in difficult conditions, even subhuman, huddled in makeshift camps, under the hot sun and torrential rains.

It's still the same population, in towns not affected by the earthquake, that is welcoming their displaced families and friends, doing so without any real support from the government, in spite of their extremely precarious socio-economic situation.

Given the government's inability to organize the distribution of international aid, it is still and always the same people, who in their commitment and spirit of solidarity, organized in total calmness for the appropriation of supplies.

In the context of the earthquake, the compatriots living abroad have put forth more and more efforts in order to help their families.

ALTERNATIVE wishes to congratulate them. It wants to take this opportunity to extend its thanks to Haitians and foreigners living in Haiti and around the world for their solidarity with the victims of the disaster.

ALTERNATIVE also thanked the international community, particularly the Dominican Republic, the United States of America, Cuba, Canada, France, EU, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Taiwan, Japan and China.

ALTERNATIVE wants to further take this opportunity to express its solidarity to the people of Chile that has been struck in less than two weeks by two earthquakes of major magnitudes.

ALTERNATIVE wants the Chilean nation to know that the Haitian people are sharing its suffering.

The irresponsible behavior of the country's leaders, two months after the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, P

Paul G Magloire, March 20 2010, 1:01 AM

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