Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Trouble in Haiti
Some American citizens have been making headlines in relation to the current state of Haiti. 10 citizens, 5 men and 5 women, were arrested on kidnapping charges. The men and women, who are part of the New Life Children's Refugee based in Idaho, were attempting to take 33 children outside of Haiti. It is suspected these children would be used in an elaborate adoption scheme. The children were between the ages of 2 months and 12 years. The U.S. citizens accompanying the children did not have any papers clearing the children for adoption and no documentation proving the children were orphans.
"We had permission from the Dominican Republic government to bring the children to an orphanage that we have there", stated one of the imprisoned U.S. citizens. In their defense, there was an orphanage that collapsed and they were just moving the children. However, it was confirmed that one of the older children mentioned their parents were still alive and that they were not an orphan. Officials in Haiti "fear children have been flown out of the country without exhausting all means to find their parents".
The Haitian government has halted many types of adoption this month.
In other news, the U.S.A. military is no longer carrying Haitian earthquake victims to U.S. Despite desperate pleas regarding the health of victims, flights have been delayed. Over 100 critically ill patients are on the verge of death if not transported to better hospitals. Some states are not even accepting patients. Patients can also not be transported without a hospital to accept. Florida has reached $7million is medical cost by accepting more than 400 patients. Florida can no longer accept patients, not to mention Florida is expecting an influx of travelers for the Pro Bowl and the Superbowl.
Where, when, and do we need to draw a line for our support of Haiti? It becomes an issue when the proper actions are not being handled correctly. Also, does it become an issue when we put the health and safety of our own people at jepoardy (for example, over crowded hospitals in Florida during one the biggest sports weekend of the year)?
Should that matter?