Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hurricane Matthew and Cholera in Haiti

Haiti is struggling right now. A week ago, it was struck by Hurricane Matthew, which killed many and left others without shelter. Now, there is a cholera outbreak, although this really isn’t new news. Cholera is an infectious and also fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine. People get cholera from infected water supplies and causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. Cholera has been around Haiti and is not showing signs it’s going anywhere. About 90% of Haiti’s previous habitats have fleeted or have died from the hurricane or Cholera. People are laying in buildings and just left to die. This is super sad and it makes me realize how we take clean water for granted. The part of the article that really got to me was the part where it describes a young girl in a purple dress with a pink sweater clutching  a live chicken in her arms as her and her family brace themselves to cross a river. I feel so bad for the kids and the parents. In another instance, a father was running with his daughter draped over his shoulder with fear in his eyes, as the article described it. I guess what amazes me the most the hope people still have, even in the worst of situations. No matter how bad things are, Haitians are still fighting to survive and I wish there was more we could do. A citizen named Joseph Kenso said, “when you look around you, it’s like the end of the world. Look around you. The disaster speaks for itself”.

--Jazmin Galindo

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